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December 20, 2010 / jmeuropeana

Today in Europeana: 20 December

On the 20th of December –

Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch is baptized; Johann Snell prints the first book in Sweden; Max Brod dies.

Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch was baptized in 1629 in Rotterdam. He was probably born that day or a few days earlier. Together with Vermeer and Rembrandt, he remains one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
La Buveuse
Binnenplaats met een rokende man en een drinkende vrouw

In 1483 German printer Johann Snell prints the first ever book on Sweidsh soil, the Dialogus Creaturarum. We do not yet have that book in Europeana, but we do have one of Snell’s earlier books, one that he printed in Lübeck, the ever-popular Clavicula indulgentialis et absolutionis sacerdotalis. The fun starts at page [5]-1:
Clavicula indulgentialis et absolutionis sacerdotalis.

Czech-Israeli author Max Brod dies in 1968 at the age of 84. Apart from being a prolific writer himself, we also have to thank him for not obeying his friend Franz Kafka’s last will and preserving his literary heritage by editing and publishing his wonderful books pusthumously.
Brod, Max
I also found some sound recordings by a Max Brod, but I’m not sure this is the same person – does anyone know?
Der Theaterausrufer

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