Commissioned in 1512 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) and described as ‘one of the world’s richest and most unusual monuments of art’, this series of woodcuts was intended to serve as imperial propaganda, immortalising the Holy Roman Empire. They depict the Emperors triumphs, armies, territories & subjects, late medieval and early Renaissance court life is revealed in the richly detailed costumes, house wares, musical instruments, architecture and weaponry.
This exhibition compliments a number of woodcuts by Durer from the same period which can be seen on display in the Garman Ryan Collection.
The Triumph of Maximilian, 1512
Courtesy of the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University