Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I - Graz Codex

Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I - Graz Codex Facsimile Edition

Wien (Austria) — 1526

A splendid work of Renaissance propaganda created by the finest engravers of the period: 99 colored woodcuts depicting the most triumphal moments from the reign of Emperor Maximilian I

  1. The monumental series of woodcuts was incomplete upon the death of Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519)

  2. A first edition was published in 1526 at the behest of his grandson Archduke Ferdinand (1503–64)

  3. This codex, a first edition, was colored after being acquired in 1765 by the Jesuit College in Graz

Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I - Graz Codex

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (0)
Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I - Graz Codex

Although often referred to as “the last knight”, Emperor Maximilian I was one of the first rulers to understand the use of propaganda as a mean of creating an image of himself for both the contemporary public and posterity as well. He also understood the power of the printing press and patronized the most talented engravers. The Triumphal Procession or Triumphs of Maximilian is a monumental series of woodcuts that measures approximately 54 meters in length and was designed by Jörg Kölderer, who captured both the solemnity and festivity of the participants in the triumphs. Hans Burgkmair, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Spinginklee, Leonhard Beck, Hans Schäufelein, Wolf Huber, and Albrecht Dürer all contributed engravings to the project. Originally designed for 210 illustrations, 137 were completed at the time of Maximilian’s death in 1519. The Graz Codex consists of 99 woodcuts, which were colored in 1765. They are not reproduced in the correct order and are mounted in pairs on a passe-partout, but this "wrong" order is now part of the historical value of the work.


Size / Format
198 pages / 41.0 x 37.0 cm
99 coloured woodcut prints
Artist / School
Facsimile Editions
Filter selection