Catalog No. 946
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Auf die Kunst des Guttenberg trinkt heut noch jeder gern,
einen guten Stoff gewürzet mit Hopf und Gerstenkern.”
(Everyone still likes to drink to the art of Gutenberg,
with the good stuff seasoned with hops and barley.)
Johannes Gutenberg (or Guttenberg, c. 1398-1468), introduced movable type printing and other innovations that allowed for mass production of printed texts in Renaissance Europe. The resultant “printing revolution” produced an era of relatively unrestricted information flow, undermining the education monopoly then enjoyed by the political and religious elite, and ultimately resulting in major societal restructuring.