Lady on Horseback and Landsknecht

A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.

Date:

c. 1497

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

This tender image celebrates the unlikely love between a noblewoman and a mercenary. The lady is mounted and wears her lover’s feathered hat, indicating she has the upper hand in the relationship. The soldier’s sword hilt serves as an suggestion of baser desires, but his grip on her elbow is more than matched by her hold on his shoulder. Urs Graf’s nearby woodcut features a Landsknecht with a more typical paramour, a prostitute.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

Lady on Horseback and Landsknecht

Origin

Germany

Date

1492–1502

Medium

Engraving in black on tan laid paper

Dimensions

106 x 77 mm (image/sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1450

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