May 8, 2006

The Storming of Nantes

Der Weisskunig

The Storming of Nantes


Hans Burgkmair

(German, 1473–1531)


Support: Cream(3) laid paper

Sheet: 23.2 x 19.7 cm (9 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.); Image: 21.7 x 19.7 cm (8 9/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1960.33

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein V.117.519



In this woodcut armored cavalry with lances approach from the left. The town itself is ringed by artillery, as attacking infantry rush through the breached fortifications. Note the use of halberds and pikes, close combat weapons in which the main fighting part is fitted to the end of a long shaft, typically of wood, which extends the user's range and striking power.

See also
PR - Woodcut
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Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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