(b. ca. 1515, Aarau, d. ca. 1572, Austria)
Proper description of the Christian wedding1571
Coloured woodcut on paper, 292 x 1430 mm
Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna
The full title of Wirrich's work about the wedding of Archduke Karl of Inner Austria, brother of Emperor Maximilian II, and Maria von Wittelsbach of Bavaria, which took place in August 1571, is the following: Proper description of the Christian highly respected and noble wedding which was held for the most serene and highborn of princes and sovereigns Archduke Carl of Austria Burgundy Steiermark Kärnten Krain Duke of Tyrol Zilli and Göertz etc. with the highborn Lady Maria rightful Duchess of Bavaria took place on the 26th of August in the imperial city of Vienna with the noble, abovenamed Lord and Lady as well as the most serene friends of both to the highest honour of the German Carmina: and dedicated to the noble courageous, firm and honourable council to the sovereign capital Grätz in Steiermark by Heinrich Wirrich.
The picture shows the first illustrated page representing the bride's reception in Vienna on the 24th of August.