May 8, 2006

The Battle Against the Blue Company

The Battle Against the Blue Company


Leonhard Beck

(German, c. 1480–1542)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1960.34

Catalogue raisonné: Schultz 352



This woodcut depicting a military campaign is an illustration for Der Weisskunig, or The White King, an autobiography of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (reigned 1486–1519). Written in German, the book takes the form of a courtly romance novel featuring armored knights. The hero, Maximilian, is the White King. The Blue King and his party represent France. Maximilian was the earliest Renaissance prince to extensively use printed images and texts to cultivate his authority and spread his ideology. Der Weisskunig is one of several major print projects sponsored by the emperor and executed by a legion of advisors, authors, designers, and craftsmen.

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PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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