The Triumphal Arch is one of the most ambitious prints ever produced. Constructed from imprints of 192 panels, the enormous woodcut was part of a propaganda campaign waged by Maximilian I (1459–1519), emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), the leading artist in Germany at the time, oversaw the production of the Arch.
This focused exhibition invites you to explore the amazing print. A new video tells the story of Mia’s example, printed centuries ago but only recently assembled. An iPad ArtStory introduces the Arch’s many symbols deployed to shape Maximilian’s image.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, Great Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer: 94 Illustrations, comprises images both sacred and secular, offers an ideal introduction to his work. Scenes from the lives of Jesus and the saints and episodes from the Old Testament appear alongside a variety of subjects, including a portrait of the Emperor Maximilian and Dürer's coat of arms. The ninety-four black-and-white illustrations feature brief captions with basic information regarding titles and dates. Long treasured by the world's art lovers, these familiar and lesser-known woodcuts are reproduced in excellent detail. They constitute an indispensable archive for professional art historians and critics as well as a source of pleasure for all others.