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The Organ Player and His Wife

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1495–1503

Artist:

Israhel van Meckenem the Younger
German, c. 1440/45-1503

About this artwork

This husband-and-wife duo performs an intimate domestic concert, jointly playing a diminutive pipe organ with four stops. The wife operates the two bellows in time to the music, giving voice to the notes, while her husband creates the melody on the keyboard. He is clad in a housecoat and comfortable slippers and she wears a cozy fur-trimmed dress. Shown at the same scale and working in tandem, they symbolize a harmonious marriage. The little dog listening attentively is both an emblem of loyalty and a realistic detail of their well-to-do home.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Israhel van Meckenem, the younger

Title

The Organ Player and His Wife

Origin

Germany

Date

1495–1503

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

157 × 108 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1938.1613

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