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


Blatt
160 x 110 mm
Darstellung
158 x 108 mm
Physical Description
copperplate engraving on vergé paper
Inventory Number
58216
Object Number
58216 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1889
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

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).

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Knight and His Lady
From the 'Scenes from Everyday Life' series
Engraver
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
copperplate engraving on vergé paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: ° I ° M °
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet oben (mit Bleistift): Bei Durazzo bezahlt mit 480 f. 5 % Aufg [?] 24 504 f. Th. 288. 864 Mark; unten mittig (mit Bleistift): 386 [im Kreis] / LDE.M N [A?]:28376 f. 182
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Bekrönte Lilie
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XXIV.193.501
  • TIB Bd. 9.173.182
  • Lehrs IX.391.501
  • Bartsch VI.272.182

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1889

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Last update

11.09.2023