May 8, 2006

Der Weisskunig (The White King): The Siege of Padua

Der Weisskunig

Der Weisskunig (The White King): The Siege of Padua


Hans Burgkmair

(German, 1473–1531)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1960.32

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein V.117.518



These woodcuts depicting military campaigns are illustrations for Der Weisskunig, or The White King, a fictionalized biography of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (reigned 1486–1519). Written in German, the book takes the form of a courtly romance novel featuring armored knights. The hero, Maximilian, is the White King. The Blue King and his party represent France. Maximilian was the earliest Renaissance prince to extensively use printed images and texts to cultivate his authority and spread his ideology. Der Weisskunig is one of several major print projects sponsored by the emperor and executed by a legion of advisors, authors, designers, and craftsmen.

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PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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