In 1525, shortly after the end of the Peasants’ War, the painter, graphic artist and mathematician Albrecht Dürer developed his famous theory of proportion. At the same time, in response to the peasants’ defeat, he designed his unrealized Monument to the Vanquished Peasants (1525), which was taken up by Andreas Siekmann in his After Dürer. Can a political statement also be discerned in Dürer’s theoretical writings? In his sketch, there is a knife embedded in the back of a kneeling peasant. How does this relate to other things that must be carried on the back?