|Dimensions||Image & Plate 515 x 382 mm, Sheet 548 x 412 mm|
Effigy of Mary of Burgundy (1457 – 1482) and Bianca Maria Sforza (1472 – 1510) the two wives of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
Maximilian married his first wife, who bore his only heirs, in 1477, thus commencing a union of great importance in the history of the house of Habsburg. After Mary's death in a riding accident Maximilian went on to marry Bianca Maria Sforza in 1494. The marriage was an unhappy one but through it the Emperor was able to assert his right to the Imperial overlordship of Milan - a move which inspired French intervention resulting in the lengthy Italian Wars.
Condition: Large horizontal crease to the centre of image, numerous small creases to sheet and image, repaired tear to the right hand margin, affecting image.