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Unformatted text preview: ectual (Melancholia) Complex iconography, meticulous linework, nuances of silvery tones, The Three “Master Engravings”
The Three “Master Engravings”
Allegorical representation: Knight in the center defiantly
ignores Death (with hour glass; cadaverous) and the Devil (daemon, fantasy creature), dog (fidelity),
lizard (sin) Multiple readings of the Knight are possible: Emperor Maximilian, “Christian Knight” from
Medieval chivalric tradition (Crusades), Death and Devil not
antagonists, but attributes of the Knight The Three “Master Engravings”
The Three “Master Engravings” Altdorfer:
An Epic Battle Albrecht Altdorfer, The Battle of Issus, 1529, oil o/panel Defeat of Persian king
Darius by Greek conqueror
Alexander the Great at Issus in 333 B.C. Allegorical picture: Altdorfer commissioned by Wilhelm IV, Duke of Bavaria
to paint battle scene Altdorfer:
An Epic Battle Event depicted derived from classical antiquity, but it
refers to current political events Completed when Wilhelm IV about to leave on a military campaign to repel the Ottoman Turks about to inva...
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2013 for the course ARTH 1441 taught by Professor Spieth during the Spring '12 term at LSU.
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