Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Exemplary Painting Of Hans Burgkmair The Elder: History At The Munich Court Of Wilhelm IV

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Hans Burgkmair's painting was part of a larger cycle commissioned by the Wittelsbach Duke Wilhelm IV and his wife Jacobaa at the Munich court. The cycle consisted of eight vertical-format panels and eight horizontal panels showing the deeds of virtuous heroines taken from Greek and Roman history, the Old Testament and legends of the saints. This paper discusses how the painting cycle fit conceptually within the conventions of humanist historiography, which viewed history as a treasure house of exempla relevant to contemporary court life that could serve as guides to moral conduct and practical action. The first three paintings in the Munich cycle consisted of battle scenes showing male heroics, by Burgkmair, Altdorfer and Breu. The author argues that Burgkmair's contribution in the Battle at Cannae framed the traditional exempla in unexpected ways, offering up a world that was ripe with conflict, chaos, and inescapably violent drives.

Keywords: Battle at Cannae; Hans Burgkmair's painting; Munich court; Wittelsbach Duke Wilhelm IV



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Orthodoxies and Heterodoxies in Early Modern German Culture — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation