Portraits, Emperor Maximilian I.

Portraits, Emperor Maximilian I.

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Emperor Maximilian I.

No title. Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519)

Roman-German Emperor from 1508-1519.

Lithograph after the painting by Johann Walch (1757-1815), who, in turn, used the painting

by Bernhard Strigel, who was a contemporary of Emperor Maximilian and portrayed him ca. 1507.

Walch's painting served as model for the drawing by Florentin Lauter. His drawing was the basis for the high quality lithograph, published in the monumental lithographic work by Johann Nepomuk Strixner (1782-1855).

When Strixner began to print lithographs after famous paintings in sepia tones in high quality in the year 1821, lithography was a young print medium. Alois Senefelder (1771-1834) had invented lithography only in 1796.

Very arrow margins. Very good condition. I the Strixner edition this lithograph was mountd on larger background paper. The mounting was done along the top of the back. The remnants are visible verso.

43,5 x 27,4 cm (ca. 17.1 x 10.8")

From Wikipedia accessed May 2021: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maximilian_I,_Holy_Roman_Emperor
Maximilian I (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519) was King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1508 until his death. He was never crowned by the pope, as the journey to Rome was always too risky. He was instead proclaimed emperor elect by Pope Julius II at Trent, thus breaking the long tradition of requiring a Papal coronation for the adoption of the Imperial title. Maximilian was the son of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Eleanor of Portugal. He ruled jointly with his father for the last ten years of the latter's reign, from c. 1483 until his father's death in 1493.

Maximilian expanded the influence of the House of Habsburg through war and his marriage in 1477 to Mary of Burgundy, the heiress to the Duchy of Burgundy, though he also lost his family's original lands in today's Switzerland to the Swiss Confederacy. Through marriage of his son Philip the Handsome to eventual queen Joanna of Castile in 1498, Maximilian helped to establish the Habsburg dynasty in Spain, which allowed his grandson Charles to hold the thrones of both Castile and Aragon."

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