DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Three Peasants in Conversation

c. 1497
Engraving, 108 x 77 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This scene has been connected by a number of commentators to the peasant uprisings of the period. It should be remembered, however, that Dürer's wife Agnes sold her husband's woodcuts and engravings in a stall in the market square of Nuremberg, as well as at the fairs in other cities. Peasants were ever-present at these events, as vendors as well as buyers. The sword which the peasant uses for a cane is similarly used as a satirical accessory in Martin Schongauer's engraving Peasant Family Going to Market.