Elizabeth Savage received her PhD from Cambridge University in 2013. She is the 2015–18 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at The John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. Her publications include Printing Colour 1400–1700: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Receptions, co-edited with Ad Stijnman (2015). Charles V will be exhibited in her forthcoming display of color printing before chiaroscuro at the British Museum (2015).

Jost de Negker’s Woodcut Charles V (1519): An Undescribed Example of Gold Printing

Fig. 1. Attr. Hans Weiditz the Younger, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1519), woodcut on vellum from two blocks (gold, black) with hand-coloring, 35.6 × 20.3 cm. Printed by Jost de Negker, Augsburg. The British Museum, London, 1862,0208.55. Image courtesy of the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, University of Manchester and © The Trustees of the British Museum.

The British Museum holds an anonymous woodcut portrait of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500–1556; reigned 1519–1556) printed on parchment, inscribed “1519” in pen and ink and decorated with water-based paints and gold (Fig. 1). Read More