A two-sided folio from Hartmann Schedel's The Book of Chronicles, or in German Das Buch der Chroniken (1493). On the recto is a text block on top and an image below depicting God creating Adam from clay. This clay is interpreted alchemically as the "prima materia," or first matter, from which all life springs. Beside the pair of God and Adam, nature is depicted as a harmonious Eden with free-flowing waters and animals grazing nearby. On the verso (not digitized) is God enthroned and surrounded by angels, kings, the four winds, and an astrological sphere.
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