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Jousting and Jubilation: Examining Drawings from a 16th-Century Tournament Book

March 12 at 12:10 and 1:10
West Building Lecture Hall

Kimberly Schenck, head of paper conservation, National Gallery of Art

From 1512 to 1515 the emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) sponsored the production of a lavish book of gilt and colored drawings depicting tournament events such as jousting, hand combat, and courtly festivities. While the finished work, known as Freydal, resides in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the National Gallery of Art owns an early draft of the manuscript with 203 colored drawings. In this lecture on March 12, 2018, paper conservator Kimberly Schenck uses close examination and imaging techniques to give a glimpse into the workshop practice of early 16th-century Germany.

German 16th century, Freydal: Combats on Horseback (Jousts), volume II, c. 1515, bound volume with 44 watercolors, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rosenwald Collection, 1943.3.4501

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