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Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian

Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian

1508

Hans Burgkmair

(German, 1473-1531)

Woodcut, in black and white on paper washed blue

Support: Laid paper prepared with blue watercolor

Sheet: 32.3 x 22.7 cm (12 11/16 x 8 15/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.72

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein V.108.323

State: ic./vii

Description

Presented in full profile, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (reigned 1486–1519) and his mount emulate a classical equestrian portrait statue. The Latin abbreviations inscribed at the top of the page describe him as “August Emperor Caesar Maximilian,” a title conceptually equating him with the leaders of the ancient Roman Empire. The two-headed eagle on the banner is the emblem of his dynastic family, the Hapsburgs. This exceptionally rare chiaroscuro woodcut— printed with black and white inks on paper prepared with tinted wash—represents one of the earliest experiments with this technique. Of the two surviving impressions printed on hand-colored paper, this is the only one that is blue.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Woodcut
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print

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