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The “House books of the Nuremberg’s 12 Brothers Foundation” tells the story of Konrad Mendel, a wealthy merchant from the 14th century and Matthäus Landauer, a contractor from the 16th century. Konrad Mendel set up in 1388 the Twelve Brothers House Foundation [Zwölfbrüderhausstiftungen] which provided food and housing for 12 poor people at a time. The books document the needy who were taken into Mendel’s, and later Landauer’s, care and taught a trade / craft.

> Above: Matthäus Landauer (1511).

> Below: Karl Ortel and his wife (1515).

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> More images from Zwölfbrüderbücher, here.