Bavaria Sancta 1716 Saint Pirmin

Catalog Number 11734
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Artist Biography:

Matthew Kager born in Munich 1566. In his youth he traveled to Rome where he apprenticed. Returning from Italy the Duke of Bavaria appointed him principle painter with a large pension. His artwork adorned the churches of Munich. Towards the end of his life he moved to Augsburg where he painted his most celebrated work "The Last Judgment" in the hall of the senate. He died in 1634




Bavaria Sancta or Holy Bavaria



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This is a full-page engraving from the 1716 edition of the Bavaria Sancta or Holy Bavaria by the noted Jesuit Matthew Raderus (1561-1634). This work was perhaps the greatest of the Counter-Reformation pilgrimage books which resonated throughout Bavaria. It praised the duchy's historic and sacred destiny, listing its saints and martyrs, its holy monks; its pious rulers, culminating in the current members of the House of Wittelsbach. Originally printed in1615 - 27 from the publishing house of Ralph Sadeler. The body of work drew on the drawings of Matthew Kager. [Saint Pirmin (ca. 700 - Hornbach 753), (Pirminius,) was a monk, strongly influenced by Celtic Christianity and Saint Amand. From 718 onwards, he was abbot of the monastery Quortolodora in Antwerp. Pirmin's missionary work mainly took place in the Alsace and the upper area of the Rhine and the Danube. Besides actively preaching and converting, he also founded a great number of monasteries. One of Pirmin's books is of special importance to the development of Christianity. His Dicta Abbatis Pirminii, de Singulis Libris Canonicis Scarapsus ("Concerning the Single Canonical Book Scarapsus") is "a collection of quotations from Scripture and the Church Fathers to be used in putting together the sermons a missionary should preach in his evangelistic work, "written between 710-724", provides the earliest appearance of the present text of the Apostles' Creed. Perminius is credited the expulsion of venomous reptiles from the island Reichenau in 728.]

Print Method:

Engraving on laid paper


Overall Excellent

Size of Print:

21.2 x 14.5 cm. approximately (8.4 x 5.7 in.)

Size of Leaf:

32.5 x 21.5 cm. approximately (12.8 x 8.5 in.)


Grasse Vol.5 pg. 16