- Museum number
- Series: Saints connected with the House of Habsburg
St Landricus; whole-length figure dressed as a bishop with mitre and crosier, holding a book in his left hand on top of which is a razor. To the right a large coat of arms attached to a partial arch, to the left a small tower with a doorway, landscape background. c.1516-8
- Production date
- 1516-1518 (circa)
Height: 238 millimetres
Width: 213 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The 'Saints connected with the house of Habsburg' were to form part of the 'Fürstliche Chronik' or 'Geburtsspiegel', an account of the ancestry of Emperor Maximilian I. Responsible for the project was Jacob Mennel (c.1470-1526), not Sebastian Brant as previously assumed. The project was abandoned after Maximilian's death, but Mennel published the extracts on the saints separately as 'Seel unnd heiligen buch keiser Maximiliani altfordern', Freiburg: Wörtlin, 1522.
The woodcut illustrations number 123, in Dodgson's time 121 of the blocks were in Vienna. Dodgson dates the series to 1516-18 as these years appear on the woodblocks.
There are altogether four editions of either the whole or part of the woodcuts, two of them from the 16th cent., one from the 18th cent. and one from the 19th cent. Impressions from the series are referenced with 4 numbers on the grounds of the varying size and order of the respective editions or copies.
The BM has a bound set of early proofs containing 87 woodcuts (158 a.6), whose order Dodgson also follows for this mounted series. The first CD reference number in the bibliography section indicates the order of this bound series (no.56 equals the first saint in the bound series, no. 57, the second, etc.). Note that there is a second set of 89 early proofs in the abbey of St Paul in Carinthia equally bound, but in a different order. References to this St Paul series have been omitted here, in order to avoid further confusion, but they can be found in Dodgson, vol. 2, pp. 133-7 under the abbreviation 'St.P.'.
The second CD reference in the comment section of the bibliography refers to the order adopted for the second sixteenth-century edition (from between 1522 and 1551), to which this entire mounted series belongs.
The first Bartsch reference refers to the general list in the Peintre Graveur. The second Bartsch reference in the bibliographic comment section refers to the order of his 1799 reprint of the Saints series, which he attributed to Burgkmair the Elder: ''Image de Saints et de Saintes issus de la Famille de l'Empereur Maximilien I. En une Suite de cent dix neuf planches ...', Vienna 1799. (BM 158 a.7)
The fourth edition by Laschnitzer, published in vols 4 and 5 of the Vienna 'Jahrbuch' of 1886 and 87 will not be indicated here, as they are identical to the sequence in Hollstein.
For further information on the series and its editions see Dodgson, vol. 2, pp. 131-3.
From the second edition printed between 1522 and 1551, see Dodgson, vol.2, pp. 132-3.
On the Saints series see also Curatorial Comment for .
- Not on display
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