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Pictures of (mostly) Swiss Soldiers by Urs Graf

Urs Graf (born c. 1485 in Solothurn, Switzerland; possibly died before 13 October 1528) was a Swiss Renaissance goldsmith, painter and printmaker (of woodcuts, etchings and engravings), as well as a mercenary soldier. He only produced two etchings, one of which dates from 1513 – the earliest known etching for which a date has been established. However, his woodcuts are considered of greater significance, particularly as he is attributed with the invention of the white-line woodcut technique, where white lines create the image on a black background. He also produced a few engravings, including copies of works by Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer. He produced innovative drawings intended as finished works of art rather than just studies.


Standard Bearer of Schaffhausen

Standard Bearer of Solothurn

Standard Bearer of St Gallen

Standard Bearer of Appenzell

Standard Bearer of Zug


Standard Bearer of Glarus


Standard Bearer of Schwyz


Standard Bearer of Unterwalden

Standard Bearer of Fribourg


Standard Bearer of Basel


War wife with two children
Source   Date: 1508


Richtstätte
Source   Date: 1513


Bearded Man
Source


Man with a sundial
Source


Battle of Marignano
Date: 1521


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Soldier carrying the standard of Schaffhouse
Source


Four Fifers
Source   Date: 1523

Bagpiper
Pen and ink drawing by Urs Graf, Basel 1525 (Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris).
Source


Schreitender Landsknecht
Source   Date: 1st Half of the 16th Century



Mercenary love
c.1511


Landsknecht
Date: 1513


Pikeman
Date: 1514


Pikeman (rear)
Date: 1514


Standard Bearer
Date: 1514


Consiglio di guerra
Date: 1515


Waffenrock
Date: 1516


Swiss Mercenary and prostitute
Date: 1516


Landsknecht and Devil.
Date: 1516.


Ensign with Boy at
Wayside Cross     Date: 1516


Standard bearer and prostitute
Date: 1516


Man in coat and creature
Date: 1518


Returning Landsknecht.
Date: 1519


Krieger im harnisch.
Date: 1519


Bearer of Julius Banner of Zug
   Date: 1521


The Bearer of the Banner of
the Canton Glarus    Date: 1521


Standard Bearer of Zurich.
Date: 1521


Swiss Mercenary
Date: 1523


2 mercenaries & a woman
with Death    Date: 1524


Battle of the Lansquenets
Date: 1510-1530




See also Renaissance Warfare - Swiss by George Gush

Emperor Maximilian I's The Adventures of the Knight Theuerdank, 1517
Index of Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers