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Melchior Pfintzing (1481-1535)

Theuerdank 1517

RCIN 1050719

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Open at plate 39, Unfalo endangering Theuerdank while firing a cannon

Theuerdank is an allegorical account of Maximilian’s adventures on his journey to claim his bride Mary of Burgundy in 1477. It was part of a projected trilogy which Maximilian intended to act as a literary memorial of his life and reign. The letterforms were specifically designed to appear like a manuscript and several artists designed the 118 woodcuts.