Joust in the Marketplace

Accession Number

Joust in the Marketplace

Lucas Cranach The Elder

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodcut on laid paper

10 1/2 in x 15 in (26.67 cm x 38.1 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Germany, 1472–1553
Joust in the Marketplace
Woodcut on laid paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 2012/2.181

Subject matter
A scene of a joust in a marketplace or public square.

Physical Description
This woodcut depicts a town square surrounded by buildings on the top and right edges of the composition as though viewed from above. Within the square is a field delimited by a fence in which a multitude of figures and figures on horseback are engaged in a chaotic battle. Several figures direct large lances toward other figures. Crowds of young and old and male and female figures watch the action from behind the fence and from within doorways, balconies and windows in the surrounding buildings.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
black and white print

Collection Area

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lances (cavalry weapons)
spectators (event observers)

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