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Portrait of Emperor Matthias

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1614

Artist:

Aegidius Sadeler
Flemish, c. 1570-1629

About this artwork

This portrait was made only a few years after Matthias forced his brother Rudolf II to relinquish control of the Holy Roman Empire. Surrounding the sculpted bust of Matthias is a wreath with medallion portraits of earlier Habsburg emperors (including Rudolf II). The placement of the Roman god Mercury and goddess Minerva on either side signify Matthias’s eloquence and wisdom, respectively. The subjects of his realm, shown at the bottom wearing western and Turkish clothing, look up at him with awe and reverence. Above, the Three Graces rain down jewels, flowers, and fruit—signs of prosperity and abundance.

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Artist

Aegidius Sadeler, II

Title

Portrait of Emperor Matthias

Origin

Flanders

Date

1614

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

652 × 417 mm (image); 682 × 426 mm (plate); 683 × 467 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2014.14

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