Standard Bearer and Drummer

Artist: Sebald Beham (German, Nuremberg 1500–1550 Frankfurt)

Date: 1544

Medium: Engraving

Dimensions: Sheet: 2 13/16 x 1 15/16 in. (7.1 x 4.9 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Felix M. Warburg and his family, 1941

Accession Number: 41.1.90


As the inscription along the right indicates, Beham created this print as a memorial to the Peasants' War that had occurred nineteen years earlier, a series of violent revolts in which 100,000 peasants were killed. While the Beham brothers often depicted peasants in a satirical way, these two, identified as "Farmer Concz" and "Klos Swineherd," are quite finely rendered.