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An image of Pope Pius II and the Emperor Frederick III seated on one throne by Michael Wolgemut, Wilhelm Pleydenwurff

Michael Wolgemut

(Germany 1434/1437 – 30 Nov 1519)

Wilhelm Pleydenwurff

(Germany circa 1460 – 1494)

Title
Pope Pius II and the Emperor Frederick III seated on one throne
Year
1493
Media category
Print
Materials used
woodcut
Dimensions

23.5 x 22.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6451
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Michael Wolgemut or Wilhelm Pleydenwurff

From the 'Nuremberg Chronicle', published by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg 1493

A diplomat and man of letters, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II) entered the court of Frederick III in Vienna in 1440 where he was made imperial poet laureate. He became a bishop in 1447 and was elected pope in 1458. He negotiated Frederick’s marriage with Princess Eleonore of Portugal and accompanied him to Rome for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in1452. The expressions of the figures and the heavy angular drapery reflect the influence of Martin Schongauer, whose prints in the International Gothic style were frequently imitated in the late 15th century.

Exhibition history (3)

German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014