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A Lying Monk Tormented by Evil Spirits and Slanderers,

From Das Buch der Seusse, des gleich noch bessers den laien nit kund ist sein leben sebessern, Augsburg

Woodcut with hand coloring

Edition: From Das Buch der Seusse, des gleich noch bessers den laien nit kund ist sein leben sebessern, Augsburg, by Heinrich Suso (ca. 1295–1366), published by Anton Sorg in 1482

Accession number: 1957.12.1

Purchase funds, 1957

Provenance / Collectors' marks: Friedrich August II, 1797–1854, King of Saxony (Lugt 971)

The image is related to the saying “the piece of cloth lets the dog maltreat it as it likes.”

Bibliography: C. 5688; Hind II, 298; Schreiber 5325-9; A. Schramm (vol. 4, 24), 774; Muther no. 68, plates 70–71. For more on Henry Suso (Heinrich Seuse) see José van Aelst, "Visualizing the Spiritual: Images in the Life and Teaching of Henry Suso (c. 1295–1366)” in Speaking to the Eyes: Sight and Insight through Text and Image (1150–1650), edited by T. De Hemptinne, et al. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013): 129–151.

Work Type: print

Related Works: Compare a miniature in Suso’s works in the Einsiedeln, Switzerland, second half of the 15th century, reproduced in Jeanne Ancelet-Hustache, Master Eckhardt and the Rhineland Mystics (New York and London, n.d.), p. 163.

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