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Comet over Nuremberg, October 1580
Hans Mack
German, active Nuremberg, c. 1536-1585
Woodcut with transparent washes and body colors, applied through stencils and freehand, highlighted with gold and silver
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

This woodcut is an example of a sophisticated stenciling technique. The colorist applied a wide array of paints through a series of precisely cut stencils. Even the areas of shading were painted on through stencils. The colorist then added gold and silver highlights to the comet and stars by hand. These efforts suggest that this beautifully painted broadsheet functioned as deluxe wall decoration.
What is the significance of the comet?
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