Illustration of Irish warriors by Albrecht Dürer, 1521

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Irish warriors by Albrecht Durer, 1521. Durer was in the Netherlands in 1520-21, where he may have encountered Irishmen serving the Hapsburgs as mercenaries. The extremely precise and accurate rendering of the arms and equipment of these warriors - almost certainly ex-galloglass and their attendants - strongly suggests that Durer made this sketch from life. Held by Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

[The warrrior with the bow may be a Scots Redshank mercenary.]



Other Dürer Prints:
German Light Horsemen by Albrecht Dürer, 1489
Five Lansquenets and an Oriental on Horseback, by Albrecht Dürer, 1495
The Passion of Christ by Albrecht Dürer, 1510-1515
German Knight, Death and the Devil by Albrecht Dürer, 1513
An Oriental Family by Albrecht Dürer, 1496
Drawing of Three Ottomans, by Albrecht Dürer, c.1496-1497
Detail of Ottomans from The Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Dürer, 1505-1515
A Turkish Cavalryman by Albrecht Dürer
Other Illustrations of Irish Costume & Soldiers