Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian I

A work made of woodcut from two blocks in black and gold on vellum.
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  • A work made of woodcut from two blocks in black and gold on vellum.

Date:

1508

Artist:

Hans Burgkmair the Elder
German, 1473-1531

About this artwork

This unique woodcut is printed in black and powdered gold inks on vellum. It may be the most opulent result of the Emperor Maximilian’s competition with Elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony and his court artist, Lucas Cranach. That contest produced an early form of chiaroscuro printing, a technique using black line blocks and colored tone or blocks for lighting effects. Indeed, as the only known impression of the Equestrian Portrait printed in black and gold on vellum, the Chicago print may well be the dedication impression sent to Frederick.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Burgkmair, the elder

Title

Equestrian Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian I

Origin

Germany

Date

1508

Medium

Woodcut from two blocks in black and gold on vellum

Inscriptions

Signed recto lower right, in black block, in image: “. H . BURGKMAIR”; dated in image on scroll: “1508”; inscribed upper center, in image under arch: “. IMP.CAES.MAXIMIL.AUG”

Dimensions

318 × 225 mm (image); 323 × 235 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1961.3

Extended information about this artwork

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