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Dancing Couple, plate four from The Large Wedding-Dancers

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.




Heinrich Aldegrever
German, 1502-c.1560

About this artwork

The figures in Aldegrever’s lively series of couples and musicians at a wedding show off daggers and swords as gentlemen’s fashion accessories rather than as weapons. As the couples pivot, pace, and embrace, blades peek out at different angles, whether impeding intimacy or visually alluding to increasing amorousness. Moving from left to right in triumphal procession, dancers sway to the tune of trombonists in their wake.


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Heinrich Aldegrever


Dancing Couple, plate four from The Large Wedding-Dancers


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1538


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image/plate/sheet: 11.7 × 7.8 cm (4 5/8 × 3 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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