Very minor addition here... but I just read a brief mention of
woodcuts for pictures of saints and it reminded me of this thread.
In "Atlas of Medieval Europe" by Donald Matthew (Facts on File, 1983),
in the section on The Invention of Printing, it says that "By the late
14th century with the general availability of paper it became possible
to produce religious pictures in large quantities by using wood
blocks, some carrying carved letters." One of the illustrations has
the following caption:
"St. Christopher, 1423. This is the second-oldest dated woodcut known
and illustrates one of its most popular early uses: the multiplication
of pictures of saints printed on paper to be sold to meet the demand
for cheap devotional images. It was produced at Buxheim in Bavaria."
The author seems to think that this industry started in Germany; he
does not discuss Eastern Europe at all in this section (although
there's some nice stuff elsewhere in the book about Poland &
Lithuania). It's not much to go on but making connections is the best
part of research IMO. :-)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rosie (aka Nawojka)" <Rosie_0801@...> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I've just had the bright idea of making a woodcut. I know almost
> nothing about it, but did read on some website or other that medieval
> people (don't know who, when or where) carried woodcuts of saints
> around. That struck me as a cool idea, so I immediately went to work to
> find Nawojka a patron saint. I settled on Saint Jadwiga (who was King
> of Poland.) So, does anyone have any idea what kind of picture I should
> be making? As far as I know there are no contemporary portraits of her,
> so that idea is out. The big names in sainthood seem to have items
> associated with them, like a badge of sorts, but I can't find anything
> like this associated with Saint Jadwiga.
> Any clues, anyone?
> Rosie/ Nawojka