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Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian, 1508

woodcut, in black and white on paper washed blue, Sheet: 32.3 x 22.7 cm (12 11/16 x 8 7/8 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1950.72

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.

upper center, in block: . IMP·CAES·MAXIMIL·AUG· ; lower right, in block: 1508 ; lower right, in block: ·H·BURGKMAIR

Baltimore Museum of Art (10/2/2002 - 1/5/2003) and St. Louis Museum of Art (2/14/2003 - 5/18/2003), "Painted Prints: Renaissance and Baroque Hand-Colored Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts.", exh. cat. no. 12b, p.117, 119. Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; August 17-November 9, 2003. "Against the Grain: Woodcuts from the Collection". No exhbition catalogue. CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014) The Cleveland Museum of Art (08/26/2017-12/31/2017): “Gods and Heroes: Ancient Legends in Renaissance Art”

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