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The city of Augsburg\, in southwest Bavaria\, was founded as a Roman settlement during the reign of emperor Augustus (15 BC). By the la te fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries\, the city\, due to its strategi c location on the north-south trade routes to Italy\, became a prosperous c enter of manufacturing. At the same time\, Augsburg witnessed the rise of t he great banking houses of the Fugger and the Welser. Together these circum stances combined to foster an important and diverse artistic community\, wh ich had an established tradition in the printing and metalworking industrie s. During the reign of Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519)\, Augsburg became t he location of the Imperial Council and the center from which the emperor o rganized all of his print and armor commissions. Augsburg artists greatly b enefited from the commissions of the Hapsburg court\, and\, at the same tim e created works for the thriving art market.

This exhibition\, o rganized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other private and public collections\, w ill emphasize the rich and varied world of works of art on paper produced i n Renaissance Augsburg (1475 &ndash\; 1540)\, paying particular attention t o innovative printmaking techniques as well as the fundamental role of impe rial patronage in furthering these activities. It will also address how\, a s a wealthy city with commercial ties to Italy\, Augsburg was one of the fi rst German cities to emulate the new Italian Renaissance style as well as i ts cultivation of humanism and the revival of antiquity.

DTEND:20140105 DTSTAMP:20140417T070136 DTSTART:20131005 GEO:30.2807729;-97.737735 LOCATION:Blanton Museum of Art\,200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. \nAusti n\, Texas 78701 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings\, 1475-1540 UID:297797 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20131005T170000 DTSTAMP:20140417T070136 DTSTART:20131005T110000 GEO:30.2807729;-97.737735 LOCATION:Blanton Museum of Art\,200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. \nAusti n\, Texas 78701 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings\, 1475-1540 UID:297798 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR