The Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, who was an ardent collector and excellent patron of the arts, is the subject of a free exhibition at the British Museum, which is open to the public.
The exhibition is free and will be on display until August 28th; it is housed in room 90 of the museum and there is no need to make a reservation.
More about printing at Rudolph’s court in Prague at the zenith of inventive and ambitious prints printed around 1580 to the early years of the seventeenth century may be learned in this exhibition.
Rudolph developed Prague, the capital of Bohemia, into a thriving centre of art and science after relocating his court there. Though most of us, especially those of us who do not come from Prague, are unfamiliar with the historical time,
His collection of hundreds of paintings, prints, sketches, sculptures, and other things of curiosity and amazement earned him the title of “the world’s greatest art patron” in 1604 by biographer Karel van Mander, who characterised him as “the world’s greatest art patron.”
Aside from famous artists, Rudolf sought for painters and sculptures who were known for producing graceful and extended shapes for his court, among them.
Aegidius II Sadeler, Aegidius Goltzius, Jan Muller, and Hendrick Goltzius replicated these pieces of art as prints in order to make the gracious style Rudolf more well known to a much larger audience.