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Maximilian's sudden death came at a time when Dürer was concerned he was losing " my sight and freedom of hand " ( perhaps caused by arthritis ) and increasingly affected by the writings of Martin Luther.
In July 1520 Dürer made his fourth and last major journey, to renew the Imperial pension Maximilian had given him and to secure the patronage of the new emperor, Charles V, who was to be crowned at Aachen.
Dürer journeyed with his wife and her maid via the Rhine to Cologne and then to Antwerp, where he was well received and produced numerous drawings in silverpoint, chalk and charcoal.
In addition to going to the coronation, he made excursions to Cologne ( where he admired the painting of Stefan Lochner ), Nijmegen ,'s-Hertogenbosch, Bruges ( where he saw Michelangelo's Madonna of Bruges ), Ghent ( where he admired van Eyck's altarpiece ), and Zeeland.

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