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Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I
1515-1517
Albrecht Dürer - German, 1471-1528
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Unidentified colorist
Woodcuts and letterpress with transparent washes and body colors, applied through stencils, highlighted with gold
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett

This is an extraordinary version of an extraordinary print, one of the largest ever produced. Because of its size and the manner in which it would have been displayed, few complete Archs survive. Even fewer painted copies are known, although we can surmise, because they were colored using stencils, that many painted Archs must have been produced. This Arch was embellished with gold highlights after the stenciling was complete, suggesting that it was intended for a significant recipient.
Why did Maximilian want a Triumphal Arch?
How large is this print?