Dürer designed two woodcuts for this first edition of the Latin plays of Hrotsvitha, a tenth–century Benedictine nun from Gandersheim. The two woodcuts by Dürer are the frontispiece, showing Celtes presenting the new edition to Friedrich III of Saxony, and the exhibited image of the author Hrotsvitha presenting her plays to Emperor Otto I. The Abbess of Gandersheim, who was Hrotsvitha’s aunt, looks on from behind the kneeling playwright.
AFM4742. Hrotsvitha von Gandersheim (c. 935–c. 975). Opera Hrosvite, illustris virginis et monialis Germane, gente Saxonica orte, nuper a Conrado Celte inventa. Nuremberg: Sodalitas Celticae, 1501.
Drama with woodcut illustrations
Hrotsvitha, approximately 935–approximately 975, Dürer, Albrecht, 1471–1528, illus., Süss, Hans, von Kulmbach, between 1475 and 1478–1522, illus., and Celtis, Konrad, 1459–1508, editor., “AFM4742,” Bridwell Library Special Collections Exhibitions, accessed January 29, 2023, https://bridwell.omeka.net/items/show/1870.