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The Music Making Couple

A work made of round engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of round engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1470/80

Artist:

Monogrammist b. g.
German, active ca. 1470–90

About this artwork

Enjoying an intimate garden tête-à-tête, this well-dressed couple is wealthy enough to afford the leisure time to make beautiful music together. The walled garden enclave suggests that they have stolen away from a busy castle for a little privacy. The closed garden, or hortus conclusus, was often seen as an emblem of purity, especially in images of the Virgin Mary and infant Christ. Yet this woman’s studied attempt to avoid the man’s appraising glance suggests that they both have other things on their mind than playing instruments.

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Artist

Monogrammist b. g.

Title

The Music Making Couple

Origin

Germany

Date

1470–1480

Medium

Round engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

89 mm (plate); 95 x 92 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

2000.408

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