Der Weisskunig (The White King) - Beck

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Leonhard Beck

Der Weisskunig or The White King is a chivalric novel and thinly disguised biography of Maximilian I.  It was written in German by Maximilian and his secretary between 1505 and 1516. Although not explicitly identified as such in the book, Maximilian appears as the "young" White King, with his father Frederick III represented as the "old" White King.  The text recounts their dealings with contemporary characters whose identities are disguised but easily decipherable.  These include the Blue King (the King of France), the Green King (the King of Hungary) and the King of Fish (representing Venice).  Maximilian is depicted as a virtuous ruler favored by God.  The book is now mainly remembered for the 251 woodcut illustrations, made in Augsburg between 1514 and 1516, the principal artists for which were Hans Burgkmair and Leonhard Beck.  Only a few proofs were completed between 1514–16 and the full work remained unpublished.  It was not until the blocks were rediscovered in 1775 that they were first published as a complete book in Vienna.

Der Weisskunig (The White King) - Beck : The White King inviting the Red and White and the Black Party to Punish the Blue Knight at Davidson Galleries

Leonhard Beck German (1480 - 1542)

The White King inviting the Red and White and the Black Party to Punish the Blue Knight

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: woodcut
Year: 1775
Edition : Vienna Edition
References: Barstcsh 80-150
Size: 8 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches
Description: date of plate: 1514 - 16
Stock Number: 15537
Price: $185.00