Right half (one of two plates).

The Festival, after 1520


Etching on ironexpand_more

Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.189

Not on Viewexpand_more

Early printmakers never tired of depicting peasant shenanigans. In the sixteenth century peasants were seen by some as emblems of native German culture, while others, like Martin Luther, worried they would disrupt the social order. Across the two halves of The Festival, separated down the middle by a tree, peasants engage in the excesses that so fascinated the staid middle class-imbibing, arguing, fondling, dancing, and vomiting. Even so, the print's orderly composition suggests a more balanced view of the subject. The pride of Augsburg, Daniel Hopfer is credited with making the first etchings in the history of printmaking.

The Festival
Artist Life
c. 1470-1536
Accession Number
Paul Davidsohn Coll. (L. 654) (sale II 781); Bressler Co., 1925
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 74; Hollstein 83 i/iii; Eyssen 78
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Right half (one of two plates).