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A World in Conflict
Maximilian I

During the early years of the 16th century the figure of the emperor Maximilian I embodied the hope for peace. The preservation of his memory through artistic programmes became one of the emperor's principal political aims. His portraits and collections of valuable objects -particularly arms and armour- can be interpreted in this light. Together with other artists, Dürer produced designs for the decoration of arms and armour for the emperor.
Portrait of Maximilian I
Albrecht Dürer
Portrait of Maximilian I, c. 1519
Coloured woodcut. 41.5 x 32.2 cm
Gotha, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Schlossmuseum.
Collection Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha'sche
Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft
Study of a Helmet (of the

Albrecht Dürer
Study of a Helmet (of the "Deutschen Gestech" type), c. 1498-1514
Pen, ink and watercolour. 421 x 266 mm
Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts Graphiques
Book with Miniatures of Tournaments
Book with Miniatures of Tournaments, 1515
368 x 270 mm aprox. (each folio)
Miniatures 163, 94
Watercolour, gouache and pen with gold and silver. 230 x 230 mm (each drawing)
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Hofjagd-und Rüstkammer
Two Knights in the

Albrecht Dürer
Two Knights in the "Anzogen Rennen" Tournement, c. 1516-1517
Woodcut. 223 x 242 mm
Coburg, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg