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The Triumphal Car of Emperor Maximilian I
  • Albrecht Dürer
    1471–1528
    born: Nuremburg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; died: Nuremburg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; active: Holy Roman Empire (prese
  • The Triumphal Car of Emperor Maximilian I, 1523
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: a: 473 x 312 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: a: 18 5/8 x 12 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: b: 427 x 306 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: b: 16 3/4 x 12 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: c: 390 x 248 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: c: 15 3/8 x 9 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: d: 400 x 276 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: d: 15 3/4 x 10 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: e: 398 x 275 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: e: 15 5/8 x 10 13/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: f: 397 x 276 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: f: 15 5/8 x 10 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: g: 394 x 276 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: g: 15 1/2 x 10 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: h: 422 x 328 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: h: 16 5/8 x 12 7/8 in
    Weight: 37 lbs
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1959.0024.a-h
Description
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Exhibitions

Eight pieces combine to create the scene. Elaborate car, being drawn by horses.
a: The back section of the car carrying the emperor. The wheel, in the bottom left corner has a bird in the center. There is a shade over the emperor with a sun on it. There are female figures around the emperor.

b: The front section of the car carrying the emperor. There are two figures standing on pedestals near the left side of the piece. A female figure is holding reins which have the words "potentia" and "nobilitas" on them.

c: Image of two horses walking side by side. The horse on the right has its head turned to the right while the other horse looks forward. There is a female figure on either side of the horses. The figure in the background is holding a wreath.

d: Two horses walking side by side. There is a female figure on either side of the horses. A horses tail is barely visible on the right side of the print.

e: Two horses walking side by side. The horse on the right is rearing its head, while a female figure grasps at its bridle. There is also a figure by the horse on the left.

f: Two horses walking side by side. The horse on the left is looking down at something. There is a figure on either side of the horses. Each figure is holding a wreath.

g: Two horses walking side by side, both reared up on their hind legs. There is a figure on either side of the horses. Each figure is holdinga wereath.

h: Two horses walking side by side, the horse on the left appears to be larger than the horse on the right. Two figures are leading the horses, walking in front of the horses. Each figure is carrying a wreath.