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The Art of Print Displayed at National Museum

By Iceland Review

The exhibition “Black on White – the Art of Print and Information Revolution” is currently running at the National Museum of Iceland, taking visitors back to the origins of print in Iceland in the 16th century.

Objects on display include print blocks and plates from the first Icelandic printers at the bishoprics of Hólar and Skálholt and on Hrappsey island on Breidafjördur along with books that were printed with these plates.

These objects provide an insight into the times when books were printed manually and each copy was unique and extremely valuable.

The oldest preserved printing plates date back to 1584 and were used to print the first complete Icelandic translation of the Bible by bishop Gudbrandur Thorláksson, often referred to as Gudbrandsbiblía.

One of the 27 woodcuts used to decorate the Bible is currently on display at the National Museum.

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