Very RARE Engraving of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. Bust length portrait facing left, wearing armor and the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece. The portrait sits within an oval frame bearing the Latin inscription 'IMP. CAES. CAROLVS V. AVG.' The frame has been set into an alcove featuring fluted Doric columns, an eagle, swags of fruit and allegorical female figures, such as those of Germany and Africa at the bottom of the plate. In the background are battle and pastoral scenes. The plate has been trimmed. The print was created by Enea Vico in 1550. The copper plate was gilded and presented to the Holy Roman Emperor in the hope that he would commission a series of prints commemorating his victories in battle. Vico was paid 200 crowns for the gilded copper plate. Size Dimensions
Height: 513 millimeters
Width: 365 millimeters
There are 4 copy's one in the Royal Collection , the British Museum , the Met NY and one in the Yale collection. This piece came from NY NY and was framed with a label on back "Max Williams" he was a framer and print dealer the label is included on this now unframed piece, the interesting part is that this was either retailed from 397 5Th ave NY NY or retailed in that location prior to 1905 when the now historic Tiffany flagship store was built at the address. This was most likely from a gilded age NY mansion. There is foxing and could use a good cleaning . There is one old collection mark on the back and there is a star shaped watermark.