[Sca-cooks] Wolgemut's woodcut

emilio szabo emilio_szabo at yahoo.it
Mon May 18 03:33:00 PDT 2009

<< The largest figure is the ranking 
individual.  In this case, you have a powerful lord (in this case most 
likely the Holy Roman Emperor) at feast with his vassels (who would be great 
lords and ladies, as suggested by all the brass).  The tables do contain 
both men and women, although it is difficult to make out. >>

The woodcut is figure 86 in Stephan Fridolin's Schatzbehalter (1491), sort of a prose version of the life of Jesus.

In the Schatzbehalter, there is an explanation for figure 86. The King in front is King Salomo, who is reproached for his luxurious and voluptious life. This kind of life is represented by the two tables with women (there are only women): these women are all queens, they all have crowns. In the text it is said that he had 700 women. This is meant as a contrast to the hard and sober life of Jesus.

<< You also must consider that this is not an SCA feast depicted




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