The Standard Bearer

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Dürer’s iconic standard bearer hoists a flag emblazoned with diagonally crossed branches and double fire steels in the shape of the letter B, for the French region of Burgundy. These symbols suggest he is an infantry soldier fighting Italy or France for Maximilian I, the Burgundian ruler and Holy Roman emperor, later Dürer’s patron. With skintight hose, a fabric codpiece, slashed sleeves, jaunty feathers, and an antagonistically raised eyebrow, he defies any attempt to capture his flag.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Standard Bearer

Origin

Germany

Date

1495–1505

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

116 x 71 mm (image/sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1461

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