|Dates||about 1485 - 1527|
|Died||Basel (?), Switzerland|
Urs Graf regularly abandoned family and workshop for military campaigns-- a mercenary in search of adventure and booty. Graf primarily depicted the political climate, social conditions, and erotic themes. He often depicted violence, such as Two Prostitutes Beating a Monk, and chronicled brutish battlefield life alongside majestic Alpine landscapes. However, he sometimes gave his pictures an air of fantasy by using lively, curling strokes. By signing and dating his drawings, Graf was instrumental in raising drawing's status to an independent work of art.
First trained by his goldsmith father, Graf apprenticed in goldsmithing in Zurich. After designing book illustrations and working as a stained-glass painter's assistant, in 1512 he entered the goldsmiths'