Sebastian Brant

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Brant, Sebastian


Born circa 1458 in Strasbourg; died May 10, 1521, in Strasbourg. German writer-humanist. Doctor of law.

In 1494, Brant published a book of verse satires, Ship of Fools, in which he exposed “knights” who earned their living through robbery, usurers who ruined poor people, dishonorable rulers, and self-interested members of the clergy. Brant’s satire was successful even in his own life. In 1877 the book was translated into modern German.


Das Narrenschiff. Berlin, 1958.
In Russian translation:
Korabl’ durakov. Moscow, 1965. (Introduction by B. I. Purishev.)


Purishev, B. I. Ocherki nemetskoi literatury XV-XVII vv. Moscow, 1955.
Zeydel, E. H. Sebastian Brant. New York [1967]. (Bibliography, pp. 157–62.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Each etching is based on a poem from a book called "The Ship of Fools" by Sebastian Brant, which also lends its title to this artwork.
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Sebastian Brant's celebrated moralistic book The Ship of Fools (Das Narrenschiff) is, incredibly, neither mentioned nor illustrated in the explanation of Bosch's painting of the same name.
The next group, of six papers, is devoted to fifteenth- and sixteenth-century drama, looking in particular at Johannes Reuchlin, Sebastian Brant's Tugent Spyl, Paul Rebhuhn's Susanna, and Theodor Rhodius' Tragoedia Colignius.
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