Attractive Early-Modern Watercolor Image of a Trial [Artwork]. [Germany]. [Court Scene]. Probably Germany, c.1600. 4" x 6-1/2" watercolor and ink mounted on later thick paper. Margins trimmed, light soiling to margins, minor flaking to image. $1,500. * Probably clipped from a student's album amicorum, this colorfully designed watercolor of a court scene with beautifully costumed figures of the period is signed "RKE" in the lower margin. It depicts a seated judge (or local noble) with a councilor on either side. On the left appear five well-dressed figures who could be the plaintiffs and prosecutor. On the right is the person who appears to be the defendant. He is barefoot, dressed in ragged clothing and looking over his shoulder with a smirk. The right margin of the sheet has fragments of the following text from 1 Corinthians 4: "Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." (The preceding lines, which a contemporary reader would recall, are: "But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord").
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