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Maximilian I (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519) was King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1493 until his death. He and his father Frederick III, were part of what was to become a long line of Holy Roman Emperors from the House of Habsburg. During his lifetime, Maximilian commissioned several great works to commemorate his successes and secure his legacy. To this end, he is quoted as saying “The money I spend for the perpetuation of my memory is not lost.”
The Triumphal Procession or Triumphs of Maximilian is a monumental series of more than 200 proposed woodcut prints created by many of the foremost artists of the day. Hans Burgkmair designed much of the Triumphal Procession, starting in about 1512 and contributed designs for 67 woodblocks. Other contributions were made by Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Springinklee, Leonhard Beck, Hans Schäufelein, Wolf Huber, and Albrecht Dürer. Production of the work was stopped after the Emperor's death and thus was never finished, but of the original design 139 blocks are known to exist. Each block was meant to lead into the other, making the full work measure approximately 177 feet long and one of the largest prints ever produced. It was designed to be pasted to the walls in city halls or the palaces of princes to create a decorative frieze and an expression of the Emperor's power and magnificence.
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