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A World in Conflict
From chivalry to canons: a new image of war

The last section of the exhibition looks at popular sports among the nobility and royalty such as hunting and jousts. In addition to using traditional iconography, artists turned at this point to subjects from modern life including social conflicts and wars. This is the context in which to understand Dürer's treatise on fortifications, the illustration of the Peasants' War, the subject of lansquenet, and even his new, more direct and natural manner of representing power. This section also includes a selection of prints from Dürer's Apocalypse series, one of the most influential series for the transformation of the religious image.
Apocalipsis cum figuris (15 woodcuts)
Albrecht Dürer
Apocalipsis cum figuris (15 woodcuts), [Anton Koberger, Nuremberg, 1498]
460 x 390 x 30 mm (closed); 460 x 800 mm (opened)
The Babylonian Whore (print 14)
Woodcut. 393 x 293 mm
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España
Hunt in honour of Charles V at the Castle of Torgau

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Hunt in honour of Charles V at the Castle of Torgau, 1544
Oil on panel. 114 x 175 cm
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
Portrait of the Emperor Charles V

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Portrait of the Emperor Charles V, 1533
Oil on canvas. 51.2 x 36 cm
Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Hans Baldung Grien
Lansquenet, 1540
Pen, ink and white lead highlights. 151 x 100 mm
Paris, Barón Edmond de Rothschild collection,
Département des Arts Graphiques, Musée du Louvre
On Fortification (Befestigungslehre)
Albrecht Dürer
On Fortification (Befestigungslehre)
[Nuremberg, Hieronymus Andreae, 1527]
A Bastion (fol. C3v)
Woodcut. 140 x 403 mm
Closed: 218 x 318 x 65 mm, open: 218 x 636 mm
Madrid, Patrimonio Nacional, Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial