BEAUTIFUL WOODCUT BY HANS BURGKMAIR THE ELDER
BURGKMAIR, Hans. King Philip's Wedding. No place (originally Augsburg): circa 1750. One leaf, measuring 16 by 21-1/2 inches, matted. $450.
18th-century edition of a woodcut by 16th-century master Burgkmair.
First printed in 1526 as part of the magnificent The Triumph of Maximilian I, a series of 137 woodcuts—including some by Dürer—depicting a triumphal parade in honor of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. The artist, Hans Burgkmair the elder, of Augsburg, was one of the master woodcut artists of the 16th century, although often overshadowed by his contemporary Dürer. The print depicts the wedding of King Philip of Castile (son of Maximilian) borne on an elaborate palanquin by four reindeer. This copy is from an 18th-century printing.