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Standard-Bearer and Drummer

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

Date:

1544

Artist:

Sebald Beham
German, 1500-1550

About this artwork

Beham’s engraving of two foot soldiers manages to capture the visual bluster and noise of war despite its small size. Both wear mail armor, with the standard bearer also equipped with a cuirass, a kind of breastplate. Yet this piece of armor is an antiquated model, and these figures may in fact be Landsknecht impersonators. The inscriptions identify the drummer as a bumbling “Farmer Conrad” and the standard bearer as “Klaus Swineherd,” a reference to the Bauernkrieg, a major German peasant uprising that mercenaries summarily suppressed in 1525.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Hans Sebald Beham

Title

Standard-Bearer and Drummer

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1544

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

70 × 47 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2283

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