(Germany circa 1460–1494)
23.5 x 22.9cm sheet
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.
German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998.
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006.