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Rural Festival, Image One of Three (1535)
A festival in an early modern village was a welcome opportunity for entertainment and socializing. This woodcut, part of a series by Nuremberg artist Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50), portrays village merry-making. This scene, the first of three, shows a wedding receiving line (background), a barber-surgeon pulling a tooth (center middle-ground), lovers embracing and beer being poured (left foreground), and men haggling over the price of a calf. Woodcut by Hans Sebald Beham, 1535.