Preview the current issue and subscribe here. This is most obvious in such printed works as Theuerdank , a verse epic purportedly written by Maximilian recalling in allegorical form his courtship of Mary of Burgundy, and Weisskunig , a romanticised biography of Maximilian. One of the distinguishing features of his commissions is the combination of image with word. Thereafter, hopes of his dynasty rested on his two infant grandsons, the eldest of whom, Charles, was in line to succeed to the throne of Spain. For Maximilian, art had one function: to glorify himself and his dynasty. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The perfect prince also had to be the perfect knight. Yet the lengths to which his descendants, particularly his grandson Emperor Ferdinand I and great-grandson Archduke Ferdinand, went to complete the cenotaph and his other unfinished works belie this assertion. Even in death, impressions trumped reality.
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