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'.
Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods
Erhard Schön (in circa 1530)
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Mathew, I think the text on our website, accompanying the object, might actually answer your question. Best, Rianne
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|Title||Turkish Atrocities in the Vienna Woods|
|Material and technique||Woodcut, watercolour and letter press|
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 307 mm
Width 195 mm
Publisher: Hans Guldenmund
Writer: Hans Sachs
|Accession number||MB 2010/2 H (PK)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Stichting Lucas van Leyden/Mondriaan Fonds/Vereniging Rembrandt/VSBfonds 2010|
|Department||Drawings & Prints|
|Creation date||in circa 1530|
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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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