Daniel, Archbishop of Mainz

Master HKVB

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 520

Daniel Brendel of Homberg, archchancellor of the Holy Roman Empire for Germany, was prince elector and Roman Catholic archbishop of Mainz from 1555 to 1582. The composition of this miniature portrait relief resembles large-scale epitaphs and may have been a model for a later tomb project. The archbishop likely kept this work in his personal art chamber in Mainz’s Martinsburg Castle, which is probably the building in the distance at right overlooking the Rhine.

Daniel, Archbishop of Mainz, Master HKVB, Honestone (Jurassic limestone), Southern German or Middle Rhenish

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