Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian I

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Hans Burgkmair the Elder
German, 1473-1531

Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian I, 1508

Woodcut from two blocks in black and gold on vellum
318 x 225 mm (image); 323 x 235 mm (sheet)
Clarence Buckingham Collection, 1961.3

A medieval knight’s prestige, power, and glory were demonstrated by his armored horse, as illustrated in Hans Burgkmair’s 1508 Equestrian Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I. In this imposing woodcut, the emperor wears the type of fluted armor that would later be named for him—Maximilian armor.