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Ehrenpforte. Arc Triomphal De L'Empereur Maximilien I. Gravé En Bois D'Après Les Dessins D'Albert Durer.

RA Collection: Book

Record number

05/1345

Variant Title

Arc Triomphal De L'Empereur Maximilien I

Imprint

À Vienne: Chez T. Mollo Et Comp. Marchands D'Estampes. De L'Imprimerie De La Veuve Alberti., 1799.

Physical Description

[3] f., 53 [i.e. 43], [3] pl.: [1] diagram;692 mm.

General Note

The pairs of prints numbered 27/28, 29/30, 37/38, 39/40, 41/42 and 45/46 are each printed on one sheet; the six prints numbered 49-53 are printed on one sheet. The additional three leaves of plates carry prints lettered [1] A-F, H, N, P. Q, R. T, V; [2] G, K, O; [3] L, M, S.

Contents

[T.p.] - Avertissement - Avis Au Relieur - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The 'Avertissement' states that the majority of the original wood-engravings were made by Jerome Resch. The last two plates in the book are signed 'A. Bartsch imit.' - the last one carrying the date 1798.

References

T.U. Schauerte, Die Ehrenpforte für Kaiser Maximilian I: Dürer und Altdorfer im Dienste des Herrschers (2002). On Bartsch see W. Koschatzky, 'Adam von Bartsch: an introduction to his life and work', in The illustrated Bartsch, ed. W. Strauss, v.I (1978), p. vii-xvii.

Summary Note

This publication was part of Adam von Bartsch's project to reprint recently rediscovered woodblocks commissioned by the emperor Maximilian I to celebrate the achievements of his reign. The original work was designed by Dürer and cut by members of his workshop in 1517-8. The iconographic programme of the arch was devised by Johannes Stabius; and contributions to the design were made by Jörg Kölderer, Hans Springinklee and Albrecht Altdorfer. This edition is printed from the 74 woodcut blocks (of a total of 92) that then survived, but have since been lost. Etchings were substituted for the 18 missing blocks. The 'Avis Au Relieur' includes a diagram showing how the plates could be assembled to take the form of an 'Arc Triomphal'. Plates 1-5 reproduce text, in black-letter type, and most other plates include some text or captions.

Provenance

Purchased for RA Library in 1881 (see RA Annual Report for 1881, p. 47).

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards; spine lettered, 'Arc Triomphal De Maximilien I.'

Name as Subject

Subject

Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Publicity - Europe - Germany - History - 16th century
Triumphal arches
Woodcuts - 16th century

Contributors

Albrecht Dürer, source artist
Adam von Bartsch, etcher
Johannes Stabius
Jörg Kölderer, source artist
Hans Springinklee, source artist
Albrecht Altdorfer, source artist
Tranquillo Mollo, bookseller
Alberti veuve, printer