Jul 18, 2014
Jul 14, 2006

The Organ Player and His Wife

The Organ Player and His Wife

1495–1500

Israhel van Meckenem

(German, c. 1440–1503)

Engraving

Delia E. Holden Fund 1960.73

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs IX.397.507

State: undescribed state/III

Location

Description

In a cozy, domestic setting, an organ player plays a portative with four registers. His wife operates the two bellows, producing the wind that gives the instrument its sound. The activity of one would be inconceivable and pointless without the other. The music they create together--as well as the faithful dog placed prominently in the foreground--refers to marital harmony.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving
Credit line: 
Delia E. Holden Fund

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