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Swiss School, 17th Century

Still life of various books including the Piscator Bern Bible of 1684 and a small piece of paper that reads Verbum Dei manet in aeter[num]

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Swiss School, 17th Century

Swiss School, 17th Century

Still life of various books including the Piscator Bern Bible of 1684 and a small piece of paper that reads Verbum Dei manet in aeter[num]

Still life of various books including the Piscator Bern Bible of 1684 and a small piece of paper that reads Verbum Dei manet in aeter[num]

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Swiss School, 17th Century

Still life of various books including the Piscator Bern Bible of 1684 and a small piece of paper that reads Verbum Dei manet in aeter[num]


oil on canvas

canvas: 30 ¼ by 40 in.; 76.8 by 101.6 cm.

framed: 36 by 46 ¼ in.; 91.4 by 117.4 cm.

The canvas is unlined and stable on its stretcher. The image reads well to the naked eye with minimal signs of abrasion along the top edge of the canvas. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky and signs of earlier campaigns of restoration can be seen predominantly in the area of the primary open book and the covers of several of the other books. It can be hung in its current state but could benefit from a cleaning and re-varnish. Offered in a carved wood frame painted to look like tortoiseshell.


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Over a century after Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, a continued interest in accessibility to religious texts persisted among the growing sects of Protestantism. The Piscator Bern Bible of 1684, prominently depicted in the present lot, was printed by the Canton of Bern out of a sort of defiance to the latest, modern translation produced out of Zurich. From Bern's perspective, they believed people should have access to different translations of holy scriptures. Around 6,000 copies were produced in the first edition and was documented as being last printed in 1848. 


The small piece of paper that reads Verbum Dei manet in aeter[num] translates from Latin as The Word of the Lord Endures, which is the Lutheran motto, further situating the painting within a Swiss or German context.