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Fechter & Ringer (Maarten van Heemskerck)

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Fechter & Ringer
Fencers and Wrestlers
Cod.I.6.2º.5 43v.jpg
Illustrated by Maarten van Heemskerck
Place of origin Netherlands (?)
Publisher Dirck Coornhert
Publication date 1552
Pages 12
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Fechter & Ringer ("Fencers and Wrestlers") is a series of prints based on sketches by Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck and printed in 1552.[1] The only copy currently known was bound into the Codex I.6.2º.5 by Paulus Hector Mair and rests in the holdings of the Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany. The title was also appended by Mair, and it is unclear if the prints originally bore a different title. Reinier van Noort has observed that each section appears to carry a coherent sequence, with an initial device and several counters.[2]

Publication History

The prints known collectively as Fechter & Ringer were printed by Dutch printer Dirck Coornhert in 1552.


Page Section
1 - 4 Illustrations of longsword fencing
5 - 8 Illustrations of side sword fencing
9 - 12 Illustrations of grappling


Cod.I.6.2º.5 43v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 44r.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 44v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 45r.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 45v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 46r.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 46v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 47r.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 47v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 48r.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 48v.jpg
Cod.I.6.2º.5 49r.jpg

Additional Resources


  1. According to Paulus Hector Mair's notes on f 43r of the Codex I.6.2º.5.
  2. Private communication.