May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 2,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Charles V.

Woodcut, after 1530. 485x342 mm; 19 1/4x13 1/2 inches. Trimmed on the outside of the black border line. A good impression of this scarce woodcut.

This portrait was likely derived from or inspired by Giovanni Britto's (1500-1550) woodcut portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), from circa 1535, that was based on Titian's (1490-1576) now lost oil portrait of the emperor (known from a copy by Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640, in the Courtauld Gallery, London; see Muraro and Rosand, Tiziano e la Silografia Veneziana del Cinquecento, Vicenza, 1976, catalogue number 57). Britto's woodcut shows Charles V in armor, albeit without the plumed helmet that apparently appeared in Titian's oil portrait, as shown in the Ruben's copy. The current woodcut portrait depicts Charles V in full Holy Roman Emperor regalia. He was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement VII in Bologna on February 22, 1530, the last emperor to receive a papal coronation.