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  • Museum number

    1864,0813.298

  • Description

    Fifth edition of the Great Triumphal Car, in a chariot Emperor Maximilian, wearing the imperial robes and the crown of the Holy Roman Empire, accompanied by numerous allegorical figures; Victoria kneels behind him holding a laurel wreath over his head, the cardinal virtues standing on pedestals at the four corners of the car, the car is pulled by six pairs of horses and driven by Ratio; with inscriptions next to the figures and six columns of Latin text in letterpress over the pairs of horses; and signatures in the left lower corners on all sheets but the first two. 1522 Woodcut and letterpress

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1522
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 456 millimetres (printed area)
    • Height: 461 millimetres (printed area with signature)
    • Width: 2325 millimetres (printed area)
  • Curator's comments

    The woodcut was printed from eight blocks; the eight sheets are mounted on linen and folded. The fifth edition was published in 1589 from the original blocks in Venice by Jacobus Chinig (Kinig; König (?)). For another, uncatalogued impression of the same edition, see BL 135.g.1, which is a volume from the Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo. CD: Watermark: a shield of irregular shape, with initials SC, surmounted by a trefoil.

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  • Bibliography

    • Meder 252.5 bibliographic details
    • Dodgson I.339.145c (fifth edition) bibliographic details
    • Schoch II.257.5 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch VII.154.139 (fifth edition) bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XVIc Unmounted Portfolio

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition date

    1864

  • Acquisition notes

    CD: Purchased from Mr Evans, 1864.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1864,0813.298

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