Peasants' Brawl

1546–47
Hans Sebald Beham (German, 1500–1550)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 162; Pauli 185,

Dimensions

Sheet: 10.2 x 14.2 cm (4 x 5 9/16 in.) Platemark: 5.1 x 7.5 cm (2 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.10615

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Sebald Beham and his Nuremberg contemporaries in Dürer’s circle are traditionally referred to as the Little Masters (Kleinmeister) because they produced a large number of engravings in miniature. The work of this group is further characterized by a Protestant or reformist point of view, and the imagery includes scenes of daily life, erotic elements, and obscure subjects, all rendered in a refined, intricate style. This example is from a series depicting a peasant festival that includes scenes of dancing, drinking, love-making, and fighting.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund