The Medieval and Renaissance Collection


Welcome to the Medieval and Renaissance section of our Virtual Museum of Myth, Fable,

Fairy and Fairy Tale Art - and congratulations on bringing these enduring images and stories

into your life.


Here, you will have the opportunity to connect with masterful illustrations prepared to

accompany enduring stories from mythology and the classics by some of the great artists

of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. We also offer you the option to purchase Art

Prints, Posters and Greeting Cards, with all our reproduction images produced with

archival quality processes to ensure many years of enjoyment.


Featured artists include: Dürer; Holbein; Burgkmair; Beck; Scharffenberg; the

Master of the Grüninger workshop; and others. Illustrations from seminal works

include those for: The Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum); The Praise

of Folly (Moriae Encomium); The Dance of Death (Der Todten-Tantz);

Apocalipsis cum Figuris; The Large Passion; The Life of the Virgin;

The Small Passion; The Engraved Passion; Sebastian Münter's Cosmographia;

Girolamo Ruscelli's Geographia; Der Weiß Kunig; and Theuerdank. In all, there

are more than 800 genuine Medieval and Renaissance images to experience.


Among this visually and historically significant collection of genuine Medieval and

Renaissance objects d'art, we show a monumental depiction of the Emperor Maximilian

in Triumph surrounded by the Fates (Dürer's Great Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I)

in the Dürer Collection. That discrete Collection also holds The Sea Monster;

Adam and Eve; Knight, Death and the Devil; St Jerome in his Study;

Melancolia I; The Abduction of Proserpine; Saint Anthony; the portrait of

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg and the Great Triumphal Chariot of

Maximilian I. The Collection of images from Der Weiß Kunig and Theuerdank

are complete and we also show images from Burgkmair's Turnierbuch.


This list goes on, of course - and you will enjoy every moment of considering the

prints on offer.


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Monthly Highlight


For this month's highlight, we have shown an image from Dürer - his illustration

known as Great Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I.


Dürer worked on this illustration from 1512. His long-time collaborator, Willibald

Pirckheimer, compiled the iconographic program of the image according to the

ideas expressed by Emperor Maximilian.


Throughout the nearly 2.5m length of the image - comprising eight blocks -

twelve horses pull the four-wheeled chariot on which Emperor Maximilian is

seated. Maximilian is shown wearing the coronation mantle, and the imperial

crown, holding the sceptre in his right hand and a palm branch in his left.

Further imperial symbols - the sword and the imperial orb - are placed on a

cushion in front of him.


The horses and chariot are surrounded by 22 allegorical female figures - one of

them, Victory, holds a wreath above Maximilian's head (the text on her wings

refers to the Emperor's wars). The glorified Emperor is surrounded by four figures

representing Virtues: Justice; Temperance; Fortitude; and Prudence. Each of the

Virtues hold wreaths, which symbolise Justice, Gentleness, Goodness, Equality,

Tenderness, Piety, Consideration and Steadfastness. On both sides, the carriage is

followed by other Virtues: Security; Confidence; Gravity; and Perseverance. It is

driven by Ratio - the representative of Reason - with reins marked 'Nobility' and

'Power'. The four wheels symbolise Honour, Glory, Magnificence and Dignity.

Lions, gryphons, eagles and dragons fill the chariot - which, itself, represents the

Emperor's might (in addition to traditional representations of knightly symbols).

Six further pairs of Virtues lead the horses: Providence and Moderation; Eagerness

and Fitness; Firmness and Quickness; Virility and Keenness; Magnanimity and

Courage; and, leading the procession, Experience and Cleverness.


Below, we show an example of one of our Fine Art Posters for this illustration

in a superb 10x30'' format.




Detail (for reference)

Detail from ''Great Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I'' by Albrecht Durer

Detail (for reference)

Fine Art Poster sample showing ''Great Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I'' by Albrecht Durer


Great Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I


Fine Art Poster (10x30'')

Code: AD GTC (10x30)
Price: US$200.00



Should you wish to learn more about this wonderful artist, you may consider visiting our Albrecht Dürer Collection.






Medieval and Renaissance Illustrations and Artists



Liber Chronicarum

16 images


6 images


2 images


215 images

An illustration from ''Cosmographica'' by Sebastian Munster An illustration from Ruscelli's ''Geographia'' An illustration from Vergil's ''Opera'' by the Master of the Gruninger Workshop




118 images

Der Weiß Kunig

237 images


16 images

Der Todten-Tantz

41 images

An illustration from a coloured variant of ''Theuerdank'' An illustration from ''Der Weiss Kunig'' (''The White King'') An illustration by Hans Burgkmair for ''Turnierbuch'' An illustration from ''Der Todten-Tantz'' (''The Dance of Death'')


Albrecht Dürer

113 images



Hans Holbein the Younger

122 images

16th and 17th Century artwork

16 images

Albrecht Durer - ''Der Ritter'' (''Knight, Death and the Devil'') An illustration from ''L'Eloge de la Folie'' showing etchings from the artwork of Hans Holbein An image from ''Images of the Saints Connected to the Royal Family of Maximilian''