Insights from Historical Artwork

Another image of the mid 1400’s from Das Mittelaterliche Hausbuch ("The Medical Housebook").  Perhaps originally from a deck of playing cards, this work is by the same anonymous artist (perhaps one "Master E. S." from the 1460's) as the previous watercolor and shows strong resemblances.  In this case the swordsman on the left is wearing no armor and interestingly leads with his left leg in what appears to be a right side Ochs (Ox or hanging guard).  The pair are also much closer together than in the watercolor version and no center figure with staff  is present.  The top pair may very likely be doing gymnastic exercises rather than wreslting.

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