1400s Art

Do you think the artists and print makers working in the 15th Century would have ever considered that some 600 years later people would still be enjoying their work? It boggles the mind to think that mere paper survived all of these years to be treasured and shared.

Books were pain-stakenly printed or drawn a page at a time; often by monks or scholars. Many people living during that time may have not even seen a book, much less owned one.

This group of 1400s Art is growing slowly but has a wonderful cross-section of styles and subject matter. Hopefully, you can add something from these most vintage of illustrations to your own projects.

crane woodcut

Crane Woodcut

The Crane and the Peacock, vintage woodcut from 1497. One half of the famous pair from Aesop’s Fables.

Vintage peacock woodcut

Peacock Woodcut

Vintage peacock woodcut from an 1497 publication of Aesop’s Fable, the Peacock and the Crane.

Initial Letter P

Truly vintage is this 15th Century initial letter P image. It might have been printed or might have been painted but either way it is quite striking.

Initial Letter B

Famous initial letter B from the 1400s. It’s been duplicated in various forms throughout the centuries but this is believed to be the original.

Small Red Poppy

This small red poppy drawing actually dates all the way back to 1492. It was included in an illuminated manuscript. Pretty red, orange and black petals with leaves.

Nativity Engraving

Beautiful Nativity engraving by Martin Schongauer (ca. 1450-1491). It features Mary and Jesus with an ox and a mule looking on.