The Emperor Maximilian I (1459 - 1519)
Bernhard Strigel (Memmingen 1460 – Memmingen 1528)
Art / Oil paintings
Oil on panel
394 x 302 mm (115 1/2 x 11 7/8 in)Order this image
Upton House, Warwickshire (Accredited Museum)
Oil painting on lime or poplar panel, The Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) by Bernhard Strigel (1460-1528), circa 1508. A head-and-shoulders portrait, facing half right, seated before a window, within a room hung with green brocade. The sitter wears a crimson velvet hat and crimson cloak with brown lapels edged with green over an orange tunic embroidered in black, and the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece. With hands held across the chest and holding in one hand a folded paper inscribed in German with part of a petition: '[…] Ich armer dienstmann bitt von meiner [?erjagten] Frau wegen von euer Rat und helfft als'. With an old inscription on reverse: 'Inscrizione trova...antica cornice nei Davanti. Maximilianus Rex Romanorum.'
Mrs E.M. Renshaw sale, Sotheby’s, 16 December 1942, lot 89, as by Strigel; bought by the Arcade Gallery, from which it was acquired by Lord Bearsted in October 1943, for £1,200; given with Upton House to the National Trust by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882 – 1948) shortly before his death in 1948.
Upton House, The Bearsted Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Inscrizione trova...antica cornice nei Davanti. Maximilianus Rex Romanorum
Makers and roles
Bernhard Strigel (Memmingen 1460 – Memmingen 1528), artist
New Light on Old Masters, Squash Court Gallery, 2013