Froben

This pane depicts the mark of Johann Froben.  Like de Pfortzheim, Froben was another prominent printer who perfected his art in the Swiss city of Basel. The mark chosen to represent Froben is attributed to the artistry of Hans Holbein the Younger, a celebrated 16th century German painter. The central theme of Froben’s mark is a caduceus held by two hands reached out of the clouds. Atop it, with its crowned serpents, rests a bird, thought to be a dove. Froben is  attributed with being the first printer to introduce Roman letters into Germany. He was printer to Desiderus Erasmus, who edited one of the most important works of Froben’s press, the New Testament in Greek.  According to several humanists Froben did, as his mark suggested, unite the wisdom of the serpent with the simplicity of the dove.

 

The stained glass panel highlighted here once hung in the windows of Kent Library when it was originally installed in 1939. In 1968, the panes were placed into walnut frames and displayed on the mezzanine level of the renovated library until 2007 when they were removed for safety during library remodeling.

 

 

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