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Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I
c. 1519
Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528
Unidentified colorist
Woodcut with transparent washes
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett

Unlike stenciled woodcuts, this print was carefully hand painted using a brush. Within the green background you can see individual brushstrokes. The colorist also applied a darker color over the brocade pattern in Maxilmilian’s yellow cloak.
Who was Maximilian I and why was he depicted this way?
Compare this print to a version painted over 200 years later.