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An image of Standard bearer and drummer by Hans Beham

Hans Beham

(Germany 1500 – 1550)

Title
Standard bearer and drummer
Alternative title:
Klos Wuezer und Acker Conez
Year
1544
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

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]".
Credit
Purchased 1937
Accession number
6476
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Exhibition history (2)

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