An image of Pope Pius II and the Emperor Frederick III seated on one throne

Michael Wolgemut

(Germany 1434/1437 – 30 Nov 1519)

Wilhelm Pleydenwurff

(Germany circa 1460 – 1494)

Pope Pius II and the Emperor Frederick III seated on one throne

Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Michael Wolgemut or Wilhelm Pleydenwurff

From the 'Nuremberg Chronicle', published by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg 1493

A diplomat and man of letters, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II) entered the court of Frederick III in Vienna in 1440 where he was made imperial poet laureate. He became a bishop in 1447 and was elected pope in 1458. He negotiated Frederick’s marriage with Princess Eleonore of Portugal and accompanied him to Rome for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in1452. The expressions of the figures and the heavy angular drapery reflect the influence of Martin Schongauer, whose prints in the International Gothic style were frequently imitated in the late 15th century.

Year
1493
Media
Print
Medium
woodcut
Dimensions
23.5 x 22.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6451