The White King: Tales of Maximilian I: A Coloring Book of Woodcuts by Hans Burgkmair
56 pages with 25 images to color on high-quality paper
Hardcover book with a special lay-flat binding
High-quality paper perfect for colored pencils, pens, and markers
Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed
Sewn, lay-flat binding for easy use
Hard cover is slightly flexible
Printed with soy-based inks
Size: 8.5 x 11 x .25 in.
German Renaissance artist Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531) is primarily known for his works commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519). In the chivalric novel The White King (or Der Weiss König, as it was originally titled in German), Burgkmair produced more than 200 woodcuts chronicling important moments in Maximilian’s life, from birth to old age. Of the original woodcuts, a significant number depict epic battles and sieges, conquests and surrenders, or diplomatic meetings of kings and queens. Many of the scenes show the young Maximilian in tactical training: learning to fire a bow, handle a sword, or secure a battle camp. Reproduced here is a carefully selected set of 25 of these woodcuts, ordered chronologically as they appear in the 1775 publication. While you enjoy the images and add your own color to them, look for the engraved initials “H.B.” hidden on armor, artillery, blades, boats, furnishings, and facades—standing, of course, for the emperor’s artist, Hans Burgkmair.