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Old Oct 27th 2008, 02:26 PM
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This German or Swiss artist's work of the 15th century is rarely put up for auction. He is most famous for playing cards and woodcuts but also worked with one of the most famous men in the history of books.
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Albrect Drurer?

(just off top of my head)
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Old Oct 27th 2008, 03:09 PM
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Not Dürer. You will probably be forced to use a search engine on this one unless you're into this sort of genre of art.
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Michael Wolgemut
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Another very good guess and I would not be surprised if Wolgemut was one of his students judging from the work of the two of them. However, I'm looking for an even earlier fellow than this. Would any of you like another clue?
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Another very good guess and I would not be surprised if Wolgemut was one of his students judging from the work of the two of them. However, I'm looking for an even earlier fellow than this. Would any of you like another clue?
I'll guess Wilhelm Pleydenwurff this time (funky name that is!)

Btw, that Wolgemut fellow (bloody ugly man by the look of his picture on Wiki) apparently was the teacher of Albrecht Dürer (complete with 'snake-eyes' thingie!) and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff.

I still can't catch any references to Gutenberg. Dürer seems to have the strongest connection with the book industry as the 'master' of the printed woodcut.
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Old Oct 29th 2008, 11:17 PM
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Pleydenwurff is also incorrect. You've probably managed to pull all but a few of the famous engravers of the 15th century out from their hiding places. One remains and he definitely has a Gutenberg connexion.
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Master E. S.

Still no reference to Gutenberg, but we have 'affirmative' on the mysterious "German or Swiss" origin as well as confirmation that his works only appear for sale rarely.

(I'm thinking you need a new hobby)
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Old Oct 30th 2008, 02:23 PM
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I'll accept Master E.S. if only to end this challenge! I was actually thinking of his contemporary, Master of the Playing Cards. But the obscurity of both historic figures makes differentiation a matter of splitting hairs. Indeed, I would suggest that the two may in fact be one in the same, though one can differentiate their styles through their scarce works.

My hobbies are unique and unusual, I will grant you that! But one can hardly hold a candle to the craftsmanship of these fellows considering the scant hand-tools they had at their disposal. 'Tis a lost art and they shall have my respect - this stuff would qualify as art in your previous discussion of the subject, would it not?

Anyway, Michael is up!
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I'll accept Master E.S. if only to end this challenge! I was actually thinking of his contemporary, Master of the Playing Cards. But the obscurity of both historic figures makes differentiation a matter of splitting hairs. Indeed, I would suggest that the two may in fact be one in the same, though one can differentiate their styles through their scarce works.
Yes, I saw the point raised that it is not known if "Master of the Playing Cards" and "Master E.S." are one and the same or not.

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My hobbies are unique and unusual, I will grant you that! But one can hardly hold a candle to the craftsmanship of these fellows considering the scant hand-tools they had at their disposal. 'Tis a lost art and they shall have my respect - this stuff would qualify as art in your previous discussion of the subject, would it not?
Absolutely. Unique hand-craftsmanship is a key element of "art" in my book.

Mass-produced industrial products aren't "art" (though they can be artistic).

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For the next Google challenge...

How many consecutive weeks was Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album on the Billboard 200 chart?
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