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The Peasant and His Love


An engraving on paper by Hans Sebold Beham.  It depicts a peasant man and woman sitting and embracing.  The man is wearing a sword.  Bartsch #202; Hollstein #198

Hans Sebold Beham  was born in Nuremburg where he worked until after the Peasant Revolt when he was banished to Frankfurt. He was chiefly an engraver (he left less than 20 etchings, done between 1519-20 shortly after Durer's experiments) and one of the best of the so-called Little Masters who followed Durer. The major interest of this group was, however, in the minor arts. Consisting chiefly of small designs of cotumes, goldsmith's work and ornament. Among these was his brother Barthel (1502-40) who worked in Munich and Italy, and Albrecht Altdorfer of Regensburg, considered the most important one.

Artist: Hans Sebald Beham (1500 - 1550)

Title: The Peasant and His Love

Medium: Engraving on paper

Dates: 1521

Dimensions: 4 in. x 3 in.

Signature/Inscription: HSP 1521; In Plate - Upper left

Culture: German

Accession Number: A1959.6.7

Credit: Gift of Henry Schnakenberg in Memory of Daniel Schnakenberg

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