Shedding new light on the relatively unknown art of the Wittelsbach dukes's sixteenth-century court, The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris represents the first monograph to focus on this Italian-trained Netherlandish artist. The volume incorporates original archival material, including letters and payment records into the analysis of Sustris's many projects that ranged from large fresco cycles to intimate luxury and devotional objects. Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria transformed Munich into a vital cultural crossroads between northern Europe and Italy. As Wilhelm's court artist and artistic director, Friedrich Sustris created a unified vision that broadcast Bavarian magnificence to princely courts across Europe. Although much of Sustris's work is lost, the remaining body of his drawings provides a unique window onto the reception of drawings by early modern elites within the context of their collecting practices.
Susan Maxwell is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA.
Contents: Introduction: Bavarian ducal patronage in the 16th century; From Italy to Augsburg, c.1560-1573; Princely patronage: Wilhelm V and Trausnitz castle, 1573-1579; The court architect: Sustris and St Michael's church, 1579-1596; The Kunstintendant in Munich: court commissions and the residence, 1580-1596; Lost palaces and paper traces; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.