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Collection Online as of August 24, 2017

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

A chiaroscuro drawing creates the illusion of three dimensions by delineating the image with a pen and dark ink on paper tinted with wash in a middle tone; shadows were added with a brush and dark wash and highlighted with white, gold, and/or silver. The same effect was attained by Burgkmair in this woodcut, which is also on tinted paper. Here, both the black line block and the highlights were printed in black and white, respectively. One of only three impressions of the first state, this luxurious, unique object may have been made for an aristocratic patron.

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)

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