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Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods

Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods

Erhard Schön (in circa 1530)

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    Dear Mathew, I think the text on our website, accompanying the object, might actually answer your question. Best, Rianne


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During the Siege of Vienna the countryside around the city was ravaged by pillage, arson and murder. Poignant illustrations like these, depicting the atrocities inflicted on women and children, were clearly playing to anti-Turkish feeling. This negative imagery confirmed and strengthened public fears. It may have been these prints Erasmus had in mind in 1530, when he warned against stirring up hatred against the Turks, 'for such amusements are common to all wars'.

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Title Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods
Material and technique Woodcut, watercolour and letter press
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 307 mm
Width 195 mm
Artists Designer: Erhard Schön
Publisher: Hans Guldenmund
Writer: Hans Sachs
Accession number MB 2010/2 H (PK)
Credits Purchased with the support of Lucas van Leyden Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, Rembrandt Association and VSBfonds, 2010
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 2010
Creation date in circa 1530
Internal exhibitions Landsknechten en Turken (2009)
External exhibitions La La La Human Steps: A Selection from the Collection of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (2012)
Als kunst je lief is (2018)
Letterpress > Manual > Relief printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Woodcut > Manual > Relief printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique

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Erhard Schön

Neurenberg 1491 - Neurenberg 1542

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