EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN I AND THE AGE OF DÜRER

14 September 2012 - 6 January 2013
Albrecht Altdorfer
"The German Princes" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515

Many of the most important works created for the propaganda and in memory of Maximilian I are preserved in the Albertina. These include works of Albrecht Dürer, but also the extraordinary Triumphal Procession of Albrecht Altdorfer and his workshop, which will form the core of the exhibit. Of the original 109 large-sized parchment sheets with flamboyantly colourful representations of riders, magnificent chariots and landsknechts, sheets 49 to 109 are preseved in the Albertina and, compiled as a frieze, amount to a length of more than 54 metres. In addition to this unique work, other important imperial commissions are presented, such as the monumental woodcut  Arch of Honor and the book projects Theuerdank, Weisskunig and Freydal, which are very closely intertwined with one another in terms of form and ideas. Emperor Maximilian I has been called the "Last Knight" since the 19 th century, although he stood at the beginning of a Europe-wide renaissance of chivalry represented in the form of magnificent tournaments and armaments.

In addition to many other themes, the exhibition presents this illustrious aspect of the art from the time of Maximilian with numerous examples from the internal collection, complemented by important loans from international museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History) Vienna.

 

Picture Gallery

 

Albrecht Dürer

Emperor Maximilian I, 1518 
Hans Burgkmair the Elder

Emperor Maximilian on Horseback, 1518 
Albrecht Dürer

View of Innsbruck from the North, c. 1496 
Albrecht Altdorfer

"The Emperor’s Coach" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515 
 
Albrecht Altdorfer and workshop

"The Swiss War and The Neapolitan War" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515 
Albrecht Altdorfer and workshop

"The Great Venetian War" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515 
Albrecht Altdorfer and workshop

"The Ancestors of Emperor Maximilian" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515 
Albrecht Altdorfer and workshop

"Baggage Train" from the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I", c. 1512-1515 
 
Bernhard Strigel

The Family of Maximilian I, 1515-1520 
Albrecht Dürer

Soldier on Horseback, 1498 
Albrecht Dürer

Helmet Visor (Design for a silver harness for Emperor Maximilian I), c. 1515/16 
Albrecht Dürer

The Italian Trophy (Design for the "Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I"), 1518 
 
Albrecht Dürer

Hand Holding a Pomegranate  (Study for the "Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I"), 1519 (?) 
Albrecht Dürer

Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513 
Hans Burgkmair the Elder

The Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I, 1796 
Hans Burgkmair the Elder

Saint George, 1518 
 
Albrecht Dürer

Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I, c. 1519 
Albrecht Dürer

The Triumphal Arch of Emperor Maximilian I, 3rd edition, 1559 
Niklas Reiser

Mary of Burgundy, c. 1500 
Lorenz Helmschmied

Cuirass of Maximilian I, Augsburg, c. 1485 
 
Hunting crossbow of Maximilian I, Spain (Aragón) and Innsbruck, 1508-1519 
Ceremonial sword and scabbard owned by Emperor Maximilian I, 1494 
Monogrammist A.A.

Death Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I, 1519 
Albrecht Altdorfer

Der Sieg Karls des Großen über die Awaren bei Regensburg, 1518 
 
Widerholt-Pokal, Nürnberg (?), 1510 
Bernard van Orley

Archduchess Margaret of Austria as a Widow 
Joos van Cleve

Maximilian I, c. 1508/9 
Coloured replica of a relief from the Golden Roof: Maximilian and His Wives Bianca Maria Sforza and Mary of Burgundy 

 

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