- Museum number
'Kaiser Maximilians I Triumph. Le Triomphe De L'Empereur Maximilien I. En une Suite De Cent Trente Cinq Planches...'; bound copy of Emperor Maximilian's Triumphal Procession, made up of impressions from three different editions, that of 1526, 1777 and 1796; comprising 137 woodcuts designed by various artists. The two woodcuts on pages 112** and 135 are by Albrecht Dürer, which depict the scene of the Burgundian Marriage, with Maximilian and Mary standing underneath a baldachin on a chariot holding the Burgundian shield (1845,0809.748), which is pulled by a set of four carriage-horses and driven by an allegorical figure of victory (1845,0809.797).
Woodcut and letterpress
- Production date
1516-1518 (designs made and blocks cut)
1526 (first printed)
Height: 378 millimetres (woodcut, chariot)
Height: 275 millimetres (woodcut, horses)
Width: 423 millimetres (woodcut, chariot)
Width: 424 millimetres (woodcut, horses)
- Curator's comments
- The original programme was dictated by Emperor Maximilian to Marx Treitzsaurwein in 1512. When the Emperor died in 1519, the project came to a halt and remained incomplete with 139 cut blocks. The woodcuts were designed by Hans Burgkmair (67 designs), Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Springinklee (22 designs), Leonhard Beck (7 designs), Hans Schäufelein (2 designs), Wolf Huber, and Albrecht Dürer (2 designs). The blocks were cut by twelve cutters, amongst them Hieonymus Andreae, Jost de Negker, and Cornelis and Willem Liefrinck.The set was first published in 1526, by order of Maximilian's grandson, Archduke Ferdinand, and later editions followed in 1777, 1796 (by Adam Bartsch) and 1883-4 (F Schestag). The manuscript text has survived in Vienna, and 135 of the 139 woodblocks are in the Albertina in Vienna. This volume is compiled from 137 woodcuts from three different editions. 97 woodcuts, including those by Dürer, belong to the 1526 edition, 36 to that of 1777, and four to that of 1796. The text from the 1796 edition is bound in at the beginning. The volume also has some MS notes by Campbell Dodgson bound in at the beginning.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 Jun-Oct, BM, 'German Renaissance Prints, 1490-1550', no.143
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Kaiser Maximilians I Triumph. Le Triomphe De L'Empereur Maximilien I. En une Suite De Cent Trente Cinq Planches...
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 661 of Ottley's sale beginning 17 May 1837 was described as follows: 'The Triumph of the Emperor Maximilian with the letter press, a very fine set. This consists of 91 ancient impressions, 9 old ditto, and 37 modern ditto, and is accompanied with a manuscript account by Mr Ottley and facsimiles of the inscriptions formerly written on the backs of the blocks.' It was bought by Bromley for £8 10s 6d. A note by William Smith in the department's copy of the Ottley catalogue (Sc.B.2.27*), adds: 'Bought for Mr Coningham at Mr Bromley's sale in 1844 for £6 and in 1845 sold by Mr Smith, the purchaser of Mr Conigham's collection, to the British Museum'. The volume is still in the 1830/40s binding in which it was acquired but no longer has Ottley's notes or the facsimiles of the inscriptions. A long note by Ottley about his copy of the Triumph is bound with the miscellaneous papers relating to the collection of Sarah Banks in 182*.a.19.
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