The Juggler and the Woman, Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
The Juggler and the Woman
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Israhel van Meckenem the Younger

The Juggler and the Woman, ca. 1490

From the 'Scenes from Everyday Life' series


Blatt
163 x 108 mm
Darstellung
158 x 108 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33844
Object Number
33844 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1851
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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Despite its modern title, this engraving does not depict a showman’s performance. The jug characterizes the male protagonist as a drinker, the pouch lying on the ground as a wastrel. He is engaged in a vulgar peasants’ dance in which he must balance a glass beaker on his forehead. The woman appears to be tired of the relationship, but the banderoles draped over the two like a pair of pincers and the inextricable knot connecting them stand for the indissoluble bond of marriage.

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18.07.2024