Beham engraved this image of a drummer and standard-bearer of the 1525 Peasant Revolt nineteen years after the event. The war, in which some 100,000 peasants were killed, was fought mainly in southern and central Germany. It was openly condemned by Martin Luther, who sided with the authorities against the peasants. The year 1525 was of particular significance in the life of Beham because in this year he was banished from his native city of Nuremberg for holding openly atheistic and anarchistic views.
Klos Wuezer und Acker Conez
ii of 2 states
7.2 x 4.9 cm image; 7.3 x 5.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, [incised plate] "1544/ HSB [artist's monogram]".
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
German Old Master Prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 1998–16 Jun 1998
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006