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Tomb of Emperor Frederick (Friedrich) III by Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden in Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral), Vienna (Austria)

Frederick III (21 September 1415 – 19 August 1493), called the Peaceful, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1452 until his death. Prior to his imperial coronation, he was hereditary Duke of Austria (as Frederick V) from 1424 and elected King of Germany (as Frederick III) from 1440.
He was the first emperor of the House of Habsburg. In 1493, he was succeeded by his son Maximilian I after ten years of joint rule. At the age of 77, Frederick III died at Linz when the amputation of his left leg caused him to bleed to death. His grave, built by Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden,
in St. Stephen's Cathedral (Vienna) is one of the most important works of sculptural art of the late Middle Ages.
His amputated leg was buried with him.

Nikolaus Gerhaert (1420 – 1473), also known as Nikolaus Gerhaert van Leyden or Niclas Gerhaert von Leyden, was a sculptor of Dutch origin.
Gerhaert was invited to Vienna by Emperor Frederick III, and one of his last works was the Emperor’s tomb, begun in 1469.


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