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Spur maker

3782524 Spur maker by Amman, Jost (1539-91); ( Spur maker from the Book of Trades / Das Standebuch (Panoplia omnium illiberalium mechanicarum...), Collection of woodcuts by Jost Amman (13 June 1539 -17 March 1591), 1568 with accompanying rhyme by Hans Sachs (5 November 1494 - 19 January 1576)); Lebrecht History

Media ID 33397454

© Lebrecht History / Bridgeman Images

Corporation Engravings Guild Horseriding Jost Amman Manufacture Profession Sixteenth Spur Spurs Trades Vocation C16h Tradesman


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This 16th-century print, titled "Spur maker" takes us on a journey back in time to the Renaissance era. Created by the skilled engraver Jost Amman, this woodcut is part of his renowned collection of trades depicted in the Book of Trades. The image showcases a spur maker diligently crafting his intricate creations. With meticulous attention to detail, Amman captures every aspect of this noble profession. The engraving highlights the tools and materials used by the craftsman, emphasizing their expertise and dedication. Accompanying this remarkable artwork is a poetic rhyme penned by Hans Sachs, adding an extra layer of depth to the narrative. Through these words, we gain insight into not only the technical aspects but also the cultural significance associated with spur making during that period. Amidst an atmosphere steeped in history and tradition, this print offers a glimpse into one facet of Renaissance life - horseriding and its accouterments. Spurred on by innovation and creativity, artisans like our protagonist played an essential role in shaping society's aesthetic sensibilities. As we admire this exquisite illustration today, it serves as a testament to human ingenuity across centuries. It reminds us that craftsmanship knows no bounds when passion meets skillful hands. This piece invites us to appreciate both artistry and functionality while celebrating those who dedicated their lives to mastering their chosen trade. Thanks to Bridgeman Images' preservation efforts, we can now relish in these historical treasures from Fine Art Finder's vast collection. Let us cherish such prints as they bridge gaps between generations and allow us to connect with our past through visual storytelling.

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