Hans Sebald Beham (German, 1500–1550)
Bartsch 162; Pauli 185,
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.)
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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.
Samuel Putnam Avery Fund