Saturday, 22 April 2017

Altdorfer and Burgkmair's woodblock prints of the luggage train from “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, c.1517


Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538) and Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473 - 1531)
Five giant woodblock print panels from the frieze of 139 plates extending to around 54 meters in length titled showing the rare baggage scenes of a landsquenet's army (i.e. German foot soldiers), “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, c.1517

Upper Left: “Baggage with the two horsemen”, c.1517
Middle Left: “Baggage with flag waver”, c.1517
Lower left: “Baggage before a church”, c.1517
Upper Right: “Baggage carriage”, c.1517
Lower Right: “End of the baggage with the sutler carriage”, c.1517

Wikipedia offers the following explanation of the “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I” series of prints:

“… it one of the largest prints ever produced. It was designed to be pasted to the walls in city halls or the palaces of princes to create a decorative frieze, an expression of the Emperor's power and magnificence: a pictorial form of the contemporaneous royal entry, which like many Renaissance entries looked back to the Roman triumph. Maximilian's papers show that he intended the procession to ‘grace the walls of council chambers and great halls of the empire, proclaiming for posterity the noble aims of their erstwhile ruler’. It was one of several works of propaganda in literary and print form commissioned by Maximilian, who was always drastically short of money, and lacked the funds to actually stage such a ceremony, unlike his Habsburg descendants.”

“A first edition of 137 blocks running to 200 copies was published in 1526, on the order of Maximilian's grandson Archduke Ferdinand. A second edition of 135 blocks was printed in 1777, with further editions published by Adam Bartsch and then in 1883-4 by Franz Schestag.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumphal_Procession)

These prints have been sold


Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538)
“Baggage with the two horsemen”, c.1517, from the series “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, published by Adam Bartsch (1757–1821)

Original giant woodcut on early laid paper with large margins as published and numbered “111” at the upper right corner (that has been hand corrected to “127”).
Size: (sheet) 41.7 x 57.5 cm.

Dodgson 36 (Campbell Dodgson1903, “Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM”, 2 vols, London, British Museum Trustees); Hollstein 552-618 (F W H Hollstein 1954, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam); Schestag 127; Winzinger 78




Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538)
“Baggage with flag waver”, c.1517, from the series “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, published by Adam Bartsch (1757–1821)

Original giant woodcut on early laid paper with large margins as published and numbered “125” at the upper right corner.
Size: (sheet) 41.7 x 57.6 cm.

Dodgson 34 (Campbell Dodgson1903, “Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM”, 2 vols, London, British Museum Trustees); Hollstein 552-618 (F W H Hollstein 1954, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam); Schestag 125; Winzinger 79




Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538)
“Baggage before a church”, c.1517, from the series “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, published by Adam Bartsch (1757–1821)

Original giant woodcut on early laid paper with large margins as published and numbered “129” at the upper right corner.
Size: (sheet) 41.7 x 57.5 cm.

Dodgson 38 (Campbell Dodgson1903, “Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM”, 2 vols, London, British Museum Trustees); Hollstein 552-618 (F W H Hollstein 1954, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam); Schestag 129; Winzinger 80




Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538)
“Baggage carriage”, c.1517, from the series “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, published by Adam Bartsch (1757–1821)

Original giant woodcut on early laid paper with large margins as published and numbered “110” at the upper right corner (that has been hand corrected to “126”).
Size: (sheet) 41.5 x 57.7 cm.

Dodgson 35 (Campbell Dodgson1903, “Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM”, 2 vols, London, British Museum Trustees); Hollstein 552-618 (F W H Hollstein 1954, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam); Schestag 126; Winzinger 77




Albrecht Altdorfer (1482/5–1538)
“Baggage carriage”, c.1517, from the series “Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I”, published by Adam Bartsch (1757–1821)

Original giant woodcut on early laid paper with large margins as published and numbered “110” at the upper right corner (that has been hand corrected to “126”).
Size: (sheet) 41.5 x 57.7 cm.

Dodgson 35 (Campbell Dodgson1903, “Catalogue of Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM”, 2 vols, London, British Museum Trustees); Hollstein 552-618 (F W H Hollstein 1954, “German engravings, etchings and woodcuts c.1400-1700”, Amsterdam); Schestag 126; Winzinger 77



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