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The Last Knight: A Picture Album

The Last Knight: A Picture Album

Terjanian, Pierre
48 pages
37 illustrations
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Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519) held sway over much of Europe in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. He boldly established the prominence of the Habsburgs, enhancing their prestige and expanding their dominions to the Low Countries, Hungary, Bohemia, parts of Italy, and Spain. As he skillfully crafted a public persona and personal mythology, Maximilian indulged his passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood, including beautifully decorated suits of armor, which eventually earned him the sobriquet “the Last Knight.” This delightful album, published on the five hundredth anniversary of Maximilian’s death, features an engaging text about his life and legacy, gorgeously illustrated with armor, paintings, prints, and an exquisite tapestry.

Met Art in Publication

Family Tree of the House of Habsburg, Aegidius Sadeler II  Netherlandish, Engravings
Heraldic Panel with Arms of the House of Hapsburg, Pot-metal glass, white glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain, South Netherlandish
South Netherlandish
ca. 1504–6
St George as the Emperor's Patron Saint, from "The Habsburg Saints" (Images de Saints et de Saints Issus de la Famille de L'Emperor Maximilian I), Hans Springinklee  German, Woodcut
ca. 1516–18, printed 1799
The Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I (The Great Triumphal Car), Albrecht Dürer  German, Woodcut
probably finished ca. 1518, published 1522

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Terjanian, Pierre. 2019. The Last Knight: A Picture Album. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.