The Knight and His Lady, Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
The Knight and His Lady
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Israhel van Meckenem the Younger

The Knight and His Lady, ca. 1490

From the 'Scenes from Everyday Life' series

160 x 110 mm
158 x 108 mm
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copperplate engraving on vergé paper
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58216 D
Acquired in 1889
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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Seemingly, the elaborate banderoles indicate a carefully worded conversation. Yet, it is not at all clear what kind of relationship might be at stake here. The young man, in the clothes of a contemporary sophisticated ‘dandy’, has put his arm around the woman’s waist. Does she grasp his hand behind her back or does she brush it off? Her uncovered hair characterises her as unmarried, but she points to the key ring and pouch hanging from her belt, thus wears a housewife’s insignia. Does she want to signal that marriage must come before any more physical advances? A few years later, Albrecht Dürer engraved a similar couple (Inv. 31408).

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