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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 207

    Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531) and others

    33 plates from The Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I (Bartsch 81; Hollstein 552-618)

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    Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531) and others
    33 plates from The Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I (Bartsch 81; Hollstein 552-618)
    woodcuts, 1526, 33 from the total set of 135, on laid paper with a proprietory watermark, from the third edition published by A. Bartsch, 1796, or later, with occasional defects, in twelve black lacquer frames
    B. 407 x 410 mm. (average) (12)


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    These woodcuts showing the majestic cavalcades of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian (1459-1519), have been described as 'the most grandiloquent expression of the art of engraving' (Douglas Bliss, A History of Wood-Engraving, 1928, p. 126). They were published at the order of the Archduke Ferdinand from staggeringly large blocks cut between 1516 and 1519 and intended for assembly as a grand frieze extending to 54 metres. Maximilian, an impulsive and generous ruler, was conscious of the need to uphold his glorious Habsburg heritage but lacked the necessary funds to organise a grand procession. His place in the Imperial Roman tradition was nonetheless guaranteed through the monumental scale of these purely imaginary compositions on paper.

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