The Trevelyon Miscellany: Old Testament

Word & Image:
The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608

on exhibit January 23 - May 22, 2004

The Old Testament

Drawn, painted, and printed pictures had a powerful impact at all levels of society, with Bible scenes holding a particular fascination. Trevelyon was undoubtedly familiar with the popular scriptural illustrations of Hans Sebald Beham, Hans Holbein, Bernard Salomon, and others. Such images were copied not only onto paper but also converted into embroidery, painted on walls, carved in wood, and turned into architectural details.

Thomas Trevelyon, Miscellany, fol. 40v (Adam, Eve, and the Serpent)

Thomas Trevelyon
Miscellany, fol. 40v
(Adam, Eve, and the Serpent)

Trevelyon's image of Adam, Eve, and the serpent originated with a woodcut by Bernard Salomon, whose images were imitated by a number of other artists. Salomon showed Adam seated on a mound of earth. Trevelyon repeats the pose but not the mound, giving Adam a slightly off-balance appearance.

Word and Image: The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608
Exhibition Highlights

Thomas Trevelyon: the man and his sources | History and Religion | Calendars and Calculations | Memento Mori | Proverbs | The Old Testament | Lettering | A Quest for Order | Women | Astronomy | Personifications | Embroidery

Exhibition Intro | Visiting the Folger

This page updated March 30, 2004