The Emperor Maximilian Presented to Christ by His Patron Saints

A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper with xylographic text.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper with xylographic text.

Date:

1519

Artist:

Hans Springinklee
German, c. 1495-after 1522

About this artwork

This memorial woodcut celebrates the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian’s passage into eternal life. He appears kneeling in front of Christ, hoping his resplendent throng of Habsburg family saints will help him enter heaven. The Virgin and Child are present, as are Saints Andrew, Barbara, George, Leopold, Maximilian, and Sebastian, each bearing their attributes. The Latin text below the woodcut lists the emperor’s many titles and territories and his date of death, followed by laudatory verses. Despite its popular broadsheet format, this print was likely distributed to members of the imperial court and other nobles rather than being sold or posted.

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Artist

Hans Springinklee

Title

The Emperor Maximilian Presented to Christ by His Patron Saints

Origin

Germany

Date

1519

Medium

Woodcut in black on cream laid paper with xylographic text

Dimensions

549 × 388 mm

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1929.368

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