First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…
FOLIO XV verso and XVI recto
Second Section

This foliated design begins with a dual portrait of Shem (Sem) and his wife. Out of them to the right grows a continuous branch bearing their sons, Elam (the first born), Asshur (Assur), Lud (Luth) and Aram (Aran). Arphaxad (Arfaxat), the remaining son of Shem, is shown on a separate branch From Aram proceed his sons Uz (Hus), Hul, Gether and Mash (Mel). The long line of descendants of Arphaxad (Genesis 10:24-29) is not shown. The thick branch representing this line has been abruptly cut off by the artist immediately below Arphaxad’s waist. In short, the composite represents only the five sons of Shem and the issue of Aram; for room had to be left for

Noah in the Vineyard

This illustration depicts Genesis 9:20-27.

Here we see Noah asleep in the open vineyard. The artist gave no thought to the tent mentioned in Genesis. The vines are burdened with tempting clusters of luscious grapes, too powerful for the unsophisticated farmer. The powerful drink has overcome him, and there he lies to the amusement of his younger son Ham (Chem) who is meddling with his father’s garments, and attempting to interest his elder brothers in the action. But Shem and Japheth are horrified and turn away from the scene; but they are not attempting to cover up their father’s nakedness, as Genesis says they did.