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Five German Soldiers

A work made of etching in black on buff laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on buff laid paper.




Daniel Hopfer the Elder
German, 1470-1536

About this artwork

Daniel Hopfer likely invented the art of etching on paper, adapting it from the long-standing process of decorating arms and armor with acid to etch patterns into steel. The Landsknechte seen here wear minimal armor, just a mail cape (bishop’s mantle), but sport massive swords. They assume various infantry roles, including standard bearer, drummer, fife player, and halberdier. This is the largest of Hopfer’s three etchings of this popular genre subject.


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Daniel Hopfer, I


Five German Soldiers


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1490–1536


Etching in black on buff laid paper


Image/plate: 20.2 × 37.7 cm (8 × 14 7/8 in.); Sheet: 23.7 × 41.2 cm (9 3/8 × 16 1/4 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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