from Michael Wolgemuth (1434-1519) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (died 1494), 1493
Paper, coloured woodcut: 32 x 55,5cm
Budapest, Budapesti Történeti Múzeum
Fovarosi Képtár, Lanfranconi LA
This view of Buda was published in the first edition of Hartmann Schedel´s World Chronicle (Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1493. Ff. 138-139). Schedel´s name does not appear in the contract or in the colophon, although it was he who selected the drawings and compiled the text. The vedutas in the chronicle were not always authentic or accurate, and the same composition was often reused, with slight variations. The literature mentions thirty authentic views, one of them being the picture of Buda. The drawing for the woodcut is probably earlier. The reason usually given for this is that the Matthias Tower of the Church or Our Lady (today the Matthias Church) was built in 1470, but is unfinished on the woodcut. The two artists, who made the woodcut worked in Nuremberg. Wolgemuth was Albrecht Dürer´s teacher. Anton Koberger was a famous Nuremberg printer and book trader, whose business interests spanned Europe. He could have acquired the prototypes for the woodcuts through his business contacts. The names of his Buda agents in the early sixteenth century are also known.
Eigenes Werk (scan from original book), Lizenziert unter Gemeinfrei über Wikimedia Commons