Digital Friends of Gutenberg – Jour Fixe

Although the Jour Fixe cannot be held as a face-to-face event as usual, we are pleased to be able to offer you a digital alternative instead. On 10 December 2020 at 6 pm, we will provide you with a link to a digital lecture that will put you in the mood for the pre-Christmas season. So please provide the usual glass of wine and make yourself comfortable in front of the screen at home.

[Translate to Englisch:] Die Geburt in Bethlehem. Aus dem Mainzer Evangeliar, Mitte des 13. Jh. (heute Hofbibliothek Aschaffenburg). © Faksimile (Luzern 2008), Exemplar: Mainzer Verlagsarchiv

Topic: "Christmas motifs in book art from the Middle Ages to modern times".
Speaker: Prof. Stephan Füssel

Prof. Stephan Füssel presents highlights of book art from the rarely shown Mainz Gospels (13th century) to the Cranach woodcuts of the Luther Bible (1534), from precious Gospels, Books of Hours and the Bible, and explains the rich pictorial tradition of the Annunciation of the Angel, the "stable" of Bethlehem or the special role of Joseph. What do ox and donkey actually stand for and why did three holy kings come?
Magnificent pictures from valuable manuscripts from the holdings of the JGU publishing archives in Mainz come to life on the screen in their colorfulness.
Technical access is possible via any PC or MAC without the need for any software, all that is needed is a code in the form of a link. You will receive this link by e-mail after registering at In addition, we will also make the link available to all interested parties on the specified date via our website and our social media channels.

Date: 10 December 2020
Time: 6 pm
Access: A link is available by e-mail after registration or can be accessed here from the specified date via the news or our social media channels.
Host: International Gutenberg Society