A Halberdier on a Horse
Nuremberg c. 1502 – 1540 Italy
"A Halberdier on a Horse"
Engraving. 6,5 x 4,6 cm
Literature: Passavant VI, 124 II; Robert-Dumesnil IX, 181 II
Exquisite impression in pristine condition.
Barthel was active in Nuremberg, and from 1526 in Munich. He is most known for his small, unconventional figure compositions, and his precise and brilliant engraving technique. As highly innovative engraver he introduced numerous of novel aspects to the repertoire of German Renaissance printmaking.
The protagonist of our print, a mounted soldier with a convincingly determined look, has been executed in the meticulously detailed style for which the artist was famous. Seen in the light of the Peasants' Revolt of the mid 1520s, his straightforward appearance would have had a very direct appeal to Barthel's contemporaries.
A rare print to find, especially in this quality printing.