Three Men in Conversation, 1497-1498

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The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, 1947expand_more  P.12,253

Whether or not this engraving refers to contemporary peasant uprisings, as some suggest, Albrecht Dürer treats us to a little absurdity. The man on the left has a sword, prerogative of the nobility but cannot even maintain its sheath. The center man is dressed as an ordinary German peasant but has the beard an turban of a Turk. The assertive man on the right carries a basket of eggs, but his spurs suggest that he may be a knight. This may be a microcosm of the “the world turned upside down,” a notion stemming from the same strain of thought that bought fear of witches and an impending apocalypse as the year 1500 loomed closer.

Details
Title
Three Men in Conversation
Artist Life
1471–1528
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.12,253
Catalogue Raisonne
M. 87; B.86, 97; D.20
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