Five Soldiers and a Turk on Horseback


Albrecht Dürer ( German, 1471 - 1528 )

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General Description

The exact meaning of this early engraving remains a mystery. At various times, scholars have suggested that it represents a band of robbers or illustrates the legend of William Tell. It may have originally been part of a larger image of the Crucifixion that Dürer abandoned, after which he salvaged what he could of the work by creating this independent scene. It may, however, simply be a fictitious scene of soldiers in conversation.