I had a morning of art and popped in to the lovely Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield to see The Triumph of Maximilian I. It’s a parade of images (500-year-old woodblock prints!) commissioned by the Roman Emperor in the early 16th century to make sure he was remembered. The intricacy of the prints is astonishing, and it really is no wonder that the artist/printer spent 10 years on them.

Each print has a blank space that was intended to show accompanying verse written by Maximilian, but this never got printed for some reason.

Nevertheless, ‘triumph’ certainly is the fitting word – and what a great word too! It comes from Latin via Old French in the late 14th century and is now associated with both motorcycles and bras.

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