Processions of the Holy Roman Empire



Bibliodyssey has some gorgeous printings derived around the year 1700 from woodcuts of the 16th century, called "Festival Books" that depict the pomp and pageantry of the Holy Roman Empire's royal celebrations. Some of these are concept pieces, created before the actual event, and so envision an idealized version of court festivals.
The Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519, elected Emperor in 1508) commissioned two works of art which exerted a considerable influence on court festivals generally in the Empire: the set of 192 woodcuts commissioned from Dürer in 1515 which together make up the Triumphal Arch and the series of 136 woodcuts by Burgkmair, Altdorfer, Dürer and others which constitute the Triumphal Procession of 1517."

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