Recycled Portraits

Socrates Plato

Since drawing, copying, and carving 1804 separate woodblocks would have been a monumental task, as a time- and cost-saving measure, the artists only designed 652 separate images for the Chronicle. Many of the portraits, for example, do double or triple duty (there is one portrait of a pope that appears 17 times!). Thus the former titan now cultural inventor and reformer, Prometheus, shares a portrait with the urbane and sophisticated Roman poet Ovid.