Dürer's Fight Book
The Genius of the German Renaissance and His Combat Treatise
Imprint: Greenhill Books
320 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 140 black and white illustrations
- May 2022
- In Stock
What is less well known is that he was interested in weapons and fencing throughout his life. He produced several woodcuts for a tournament book by Emperor Maximilian I, but he devoted himself much more thoroughly to the subject of duels in his own extensive fencing manuscript.
Dürer’s fight book stands out from the mass of illustrated fencing manuscripts because of its outstanding quality. In well over 100 elaborate drawings, the master uniquely depicts dynamic pairs of fighters practicing contemporary combat techniques, such as wrestling or sword and dagger fighting.
Since its creation more than 500 years ago, the fight book has never been published in its entirety. This edition offers the complete contents of the manuscript for the very first time: All illustrations are reproduced in color and the complete text is presented in a letter-perfect transcription as well as a translation into modern English.
Albrecht Dürer's fight book offers a unique, new look at Dürer the artist and Dürer the fighter.