Standing Landsknecht

Unknown maker, Swissabout 1520 - 1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The posture and attire of this landsknecht, or mercenary soldier, indicates that he is a proud man whose valor is unquestionable. He stands with his head thrown back, one hand on his hip and the other grasping a lance that is bisected by the sword hanging from his waist. Slits decorate his fancy clothing, which was designed to show off his large calves--considered an attractive attribute during this period. In this striking portrait, the soldier conveys intense dedication to his profession. The landsknecht, known for arrogant behavior, is an intriguing figure that was extremely popular amongst artists in the 1500s.

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  • Title: Standing Landsknecht
  • Creator: Unknown maker, Swiss
  • Date: about 1520 - 1530
  • Location Created: Switzerland
  • Physical Dimensions: 19.5 x 15.6 cm (7 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black ink
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 91.GA.71
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed (verso) "Siegfried A.... 35/4. Germany" (?) in black ink.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Swiss
  • Classification: Drawings