ARTHURIAN ART

Statue of King Arthur, Hofkirche, Innsbruck, designed by Albrecht Dürer and cast by Peter Vischer the Elder.

The Hofkirche (Court or High Church) was built by Ferdinand I as a mausoleum for Maximilian I; who was never actually buried there, but was instead entombed in Wiener Neustadt, south of Vienna, in 1519. The ornate black marble tomb was a great feat of German Renaissance sculpture and was intended to glorify the Holy Roman Empire. It is surrounded by twenty four marble reliefs depicting Maximilian I's accomplishments, as well as twnety eight statues of his real and legendary ancestors, including King Arthur of England.