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Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Emperor Maximilian I
Germany: Albrecht Durer, 1519. AN EXTREMELY RARE WOODCUT PORTRAIT OF EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN I BY LEGENDARY GERMAN GRAPHIC ARTIST ALBRECHT DURER Woodcut Literature: Bartrum, Albrecht Dürer, 303-304; Bartsch, Le peintre graveur; 154; Bodnár, Dürer and his Contemporaries, 5,9; Hollstein, German Engravings, 205-206; Meder, Dürer-Katalog, 255 iv/iv. This commanding and extraordinarily rare woodcut portrait of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519), in absolutely superb condition, was executed by famed graphic artist and painter, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), around the time of the legendary German ruler's death in 1519. On June 28, 1518, Dürer, according to his own accounts, met the emperor "in a little room high up in the castle" while the pair was attending the Diet of Augsburg. During this encounter, the artist proceeded to create a splendid chalk drawing of Maximilian. The modest yet exquisitely realized work would ultimately serve as the portrait image contained within Dürer's magnificent woodcut, the first life-size woodcut portrait in European history. . Book.
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