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        Of contempt, or dispisynge of holy scripture, illustration from Alexander Barclay's English translation of 'The Ship of Fools', from an edition published in 1874

        German School, (15th century) (after). Medium: engraving. Date: 1874. Alexander Barclay (c.1476-1552) Scottish born English poet, translated Sebastian Brandt's (1457-1521) Das Narrenschiff, as 'The Ship of Fools' in 1509. Image is a facsimile of the original German woodcut of 1497 and shows a fool treading on the holy scriptures whilst listening intently to another man. The foolishness of attaching too much importance to mens' tales instead of the Bible. Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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