Valentin Wagner

Title page. Kronstadt was called Corona in Latin.
Wagner, Titlepage
The knight
Wagner, Knight

W agner was born 1510-1520 in Kronstadt and died 2/9 1557. He was humanist teacher, rector, Lutheran pastor and reformer. He lived in the part of Transylvania that's inhabited by the Siebenbürger Saxons. The area is (presumably) named after the seven fortified cities, one of which is Kronstadt (Romanian: Braşov; Hungarian: Brassó; Latin: Brassovia or Corona).

Wagner received his education in Krakow and Wittemberg (1542) among others under Melanchton. He returned to Kronstadt in 1542, where he worked for the Reformer Johannes Honterus. In 1544 he became the first schoolmaster of the newly opened Protestant school. After the death of Honterus in 1549, Wagner took over the printing shop and published books, the most important one being The New Testament in Greek and Latin: Novum Testamentum, 1557 (picture: 1, 2, 3).

The same year he published "Imagines mortis selectiores cum δεκασιχοις [sic] - Praecepta vitae Chritianae [sic] et alia quaedam epigrammata carmine elegiaco" shortly before his death.

The pictures are coarse copies of Holbein's dance of death, which he has probably cut himself. Each image is accompanied by a Latin verse consisting of ten lines (Greek: δεκαστιχος = ten lines).

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Titlepage
Wagner 1557: Titlepage
The Fall
Wagner 1557: The Fall
Expulsion
Wagner 1557: Expulsion
After the Fall
Wagner 1557: After the Fall
Old woman
Wagner 1557: Old woman
Astrologer
Wagner 1557: Astrologer
Rich man
Wagner 1557: Rich man
Merchant
Wagner 1557: Merchant
Knight
Wagner 1557: Knight
Old man
Wagner 1557: Old man
Countess
Wagner 1557: Countess
Noblewoman
Wagner 1557: Noblewoman
Child
Wagner 1557: Child
Judgement Day
Wagner 1557: Judgement Day
The escutcheon
Wagner 1557: The escutcheon

Other interpreters of Holbein's dance of death

Artists/publishers:

Hans Holbein (1526) - so-called proofs
Hans Holbein (1538) - the originals
Heinrich Aldegrever (1541)
Heinrich Vogtherr (1544)
Vincenzo Valgrisi (1545)
Arnold Birckmann (1555)
Juan de Icíar (1555)
→ Valentin Wagner (1557) ←
Georg Scharffenberg (1576)
Leonhart Straub (1581)
David Chytraeus (1590)
Peter Paul Rubens (ca. 1590)
Fabio Glissenti (1596)
Eberhard Kieser (1617)
Rudolf and Conrad Meyer (1650)
Wenceslaus Hollar (1651)
De doodt vermaskert (1654)
Thomas Neale (1657)
Johann Weichard von Valvasor (1682)
Erbaulicher Sterb-Spiegel (1704)
Salomon van Rusting (1707)
T. Nieuhoff Piccard (1720)
Christian de Mechel (1780)
David Deuchar (1788)
John Bewick (1789)
Alexander Anderson (1810)
Wenceslaus Hollar (1816)
Pseudo-Bewick (1825)
Ludwig Bechstein (1831)
Joseph Schlotthauer (1832)
Francis Douce (1833)
Carl Helmuth (1836)
Francis Douce (1858, 2. edition)
Henri Léon Curmer (1858)
Tindall Wildridge (1887)


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