The Triumph of Maximilian I and The White King

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 Triumph of Maximilian I

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.

The Triumph of Maximilian IDer Weisskunig (The White King)

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 14. Bear Hunting at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 14. Bear Hunting

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48373
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 27.  Jesters at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473–1531)

Block 27. Jesters

Series: Triumph Of Maximiliam I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date if block: 1522. This Impression 18th Century.
Size: 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48375c
Price: $500.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 32.  Masquerade at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 32. Masquerade

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48376
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 37.  Gefecht at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 37. Gefecht

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48378
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 41. Tourneyers at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 41. Tourneyers

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48380
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 49. Rennen at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 49. Rennen

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48381
Price: $450.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 54. Rennen at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 54. Rennen

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48382
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 77. Burgundian Fifers at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 77. Burgundian Fifers

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48384
Price: $450.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 106. Funerary Statues at Davidson Galleries

Hans Springinklee German (1495-1540)

Block 106. Funerary Statues

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48387
Price: $550.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 111. Prisoners at Davidson Galleries

Hans Springinklee German (1495-1540)

Block 111. Prisoners

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1522. This impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48389
Price: $375.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 3.  Fifers And Drummers at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 3. Fifers And Drummers

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Backed for strength. Some areas of loss along bottom margin edge.
Stock Number: 48230
Price: $500.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 52.  Rennen, Scheibenrennen at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 52. Rennen, Scheibenrennen

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Paper slightly discolored.
Stock Number: 48231
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 47.  Gestech "Hobenzenggestech, Gestech" at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 47. Gestech "Hobenzenggestech, Gestech"

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Small stain bottom margin edge, skillful repair top middle edge.
Stock Number: 48232
SOLD

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 71.  The Austrian Territories: Ehernberg, Weissenhorn, Hohenstauff at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 71. The Austrian Territories: Ehernberg, Weissenhorn, Hohenstauff

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Minor stains along bottom margin edge.
Stock Number: 48233
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 74.  The Austrian Territories: Burgendt, Zeringen at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 74. The Austrian Territories: Burgendt, Zeringen

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Stains at edge of bottom right margin.
Stock Number: 48234
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 70.  The Austrian Territories: Reinek, Acht Gericht, Lieben at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 70. The Austrian Territories: Reinek, Acht Gericht, Lieben

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Minor stains in bottom margin.
Stock Number: 48235
Price: $450.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 82.  The Burgundian Territories: Namur, Zutphen, Frisia at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 82. The Burgundian Territories: Namur, Zutphen, Frisia

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Condition: Skillfully repaired area of loss at bottom border.
Stock Number: 48236
Price: $450.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 66.  The Austrian Territories: Walhausen, Ravensburg, Kirchberg at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 66. The Austrian Territories: Walhausen, Ravensburg, Kirchberg

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48237
SOLD

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 65.  The Austrian Territories: Freiburg, Bregentz, Saulgau at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 65. The Austrian Territories: Freiburg, Bregentz, Saulgau

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1516-1518. This impression: 1796
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48238
Price: $475.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 6. Falconry at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 6. Falconry

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48372
Price: $325.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 16. Five Court Offices at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 16. Five Court Offices

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48374
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 36.  Gefecht at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 36. Gefecht

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48377
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 39.  Gefecht at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 39. Gefecht

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48379
Price: $350.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 75. The Austrian Territories at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 75. The Austrian Territories

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48383
Price: $425.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 78. Burgundian Fifers at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 78. Burgundian Fifers

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48385
Price: $450.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 83. The Burgundian Territories at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Altdorfer German (1480-1538)

Block 83. The Burgundian Territories

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48386
Price: $500.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 110. Funerary Statues at Davidson Galleries

Hans Springinklee German (1495-1540)

Block 110. Funerary Statues

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48388
Price: $400.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 133. Baggage Train at Davidson Galleries

Artist Unidentified

Block 133. Baggage Train

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48390
Price: $500.00

The Triumph of  Maximilian I : Block 134. Baggage Train at Davidson Galleries

Artist Unidentified

Block 134. Baggage Train

Series: The Triumph of Maximilian I
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1522. This Impression: 18th Century
Size: Approx. 15 x 15 inches
Stock Number: 48391
Price: $500.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King)

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.

The Triumph of Maximilian IDer Weisskunig (The White King)

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 41.  He learns the equestrian arts, the science of the squire, and invents all kinds of bites for the horses. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 41. He learns the equestrian arts, the science of the squire, and invents all kinds of bites for the horses.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48395
Price: $250.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 67.  Battle of Stockach against the Swiss. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 67. Battle of Stockach against the Swiss.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48398
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 76.  Maximilian attacked Overmeere, a fortified village between Ghent and Dendermonde, chased the enemy, and took from them twelve thousand pieces of cattle. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 76. Maximilian attacked Overmeere, a fortified village between Ghent and Dendermonde, chased the enemy, and took from them twelve thousand pieces of cattle.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48400
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 91.  Maximilian carried out an assault on the fort raised by the Flemish at Clopperdyck on the Scheldt near Saftinghen, and hanged all those who had not died on the spot. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 91. Maximilian carried out an assault on the fort raised by the Flemish at Clopperdyck on the Scheldt near Saftinghen, and hanged all those who had not died on the spot.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48402
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 125.  Battle of Roschach, against the Swiss. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 125. Battle of Roschach, against the Swiss.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48404
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 202.  Unknown subject at Davidson Galleries

Leonhard Beck German (1480-1542)

Block 202. Unknown subject

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. Date of impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48414
Price: $275.00