Landscape with a Large Cannon

Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471 - 1528



Etching on laid paper

Sheet: 8 9/16 × 12 9/16 in. (21.7 × 31.9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund, the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund, and the James and Barbara Block Acquisitions Endowment



Place Made: Germany, Europe



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Not on view


On a hill above a village, five caricatured Turkish men face a cannon, guarded by a German mercenary. One of the first prints to feature a landscape in European art, this etching was made by the renowned printmaker Albrecht Dürer, famous for his ambitious compositions. Printed in 1518, this print was made at a moment of growing conflict between the German-speaking states and foreign powers. The predominantly Muslim Ottoman Empire, to the east, was rapidly expanding its territory, prompting German fear of conquest. The featured cannon was already outdated by 1518, suggesting German weakness in the face of invasion. Yet, the German soldier and Ottomans only look at one another, rather than fight. For all that the Ottoman and German states were enemies, they relied on one another for trade. This print suggests the complex relationship between Christian Europe and Muslim states, marked by both war and exchange.

From the 2023 exhibition Recording War: Images of Violence 1500 – 1900, curated by Elizabeth Rice Mattison, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Academic Programming

Course History

ARTH 28.01, The Global Renaissance, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Fall 2021

History 3.01, Europe in the Age of Wonder, M. Cecilia Gaposchkin and Walter Simons, Winter 2023

Art History 20.04, Faith and Empire, Beth Mattison, Spring 2023

Anthropology 3.01, Introduction to Anthropology, Charis Ford Morrison Boke 1, Summer 2023

Studio Art 27.01/28.01/74.01, Printmaking I/II/III, Josh Dannin, Summer 2024

Exhibition History

Recording War: Images of Violence, 1500-1900, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, August 23-December 9, 2023.


Junius Spencer Morgan (Princeton/Paris, Lugt 1536); private collection, United States, by descent; David Tunick, Inc., New York, New York; sold to present collection 2021.

Catalogue Raisonne

Bartsch 99; Meder 96a (of B); Schoch, Mende, Scherbaum 85; Koehler 89; Hollstein VII.87.96; Strauss 86

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