Evangelium Sanctum Domini Nostri Iesu Christi
Published by a press established in Rome for the purpose of disseminating the scriptures in non-European languages, this first edition of the Gospels in Arabic was illustrated with sixty-eight woodcuts. The illustrations were designed for this edition by the Italian painter and print maker Antonio Tempesta (1555–1630), a colleague of Giorgio Vasari who had worked in both Florence and Rome. Tempesta was a highly gifted and original artist, but the exhibited image corresponds so closely to Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut of Christ Nailed to the Cross in the Small Passion that its creation seems to have been intended as an act of homage to the great German print maker. This is a reproduction of the original 1591 edition.