The creation of the world by virgil solis

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Virgil Solis (1514-1562), a prosperous artist and printmaker from Nuremberg, dedicated his final major work to an illustration of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Although the designs of most of the wood-cuts for this first extensive German series were borrowed from the Metamorphoses series of the French artist Bernard Salomon (c. 1508-1561), a closer study reveals several notable differences in the details of individual scenes, among them The Creation of the World. Placing Solis' work within the tradition of the printed illustrated editions of Ovid's magnum opus, which had by then crystal-lized mainly in Italy and France, the article argues that Solis' illustration drew not only on the earlier Metamorphoses, but also on printed German Bibles, following the parallels taken up at the time between the Creation story in the Metamorphoses and the Creation story in Genesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-225
Number of pages15
JournalZeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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