May 18, 2006

The Tournament with lances

The Tournament with lances


Lucas Cranach

(German, 1472–1553)


Sheet: 29 x 41.6 cm (11 7/16 x 16 3/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1927.204

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 118


Did you know?

While the tilt was the most popular type of jousting in the 1500s, the mêlée remained in favor and often formed the climax of the greatest tournaments.


Group engagements fought between two teams of contestants gained favor during the 1500s. These mêlées were often confused and chaotic, as shown in this woodcut. Lucas Cranach the Elder sketched many tournament scenes, often transferring them in faithful detail to woodblocks.

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PR - Woodcut
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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