The Large and Small Weibermacht Series of Lucas van Leyden
Parker, Rachel Christine
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The Weibermacht prints of Lucas van Leyden are placed historically and culturally while at the same time examined as unique interpretations in their own right. The Weibermacht or `The Power of Women' motif refers to a loosely defined set of stories in which a woman tricks a man resulting in either his humiliation or death, or at times, both. Lucas van Leyden was the first to actively popularize the Weibermacht as a specific and signature theme by producing what is known as the Large Weibermacht Series in 1512. The proof of the series' success can be seen in van Leyden's decision to make a second, smaller scale series, due to the high demand from collectors.