Skip to Content
Today Open today 10–11 members | 11–5 public

The Falconer and the Lady

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

Image actions

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


c. 1495


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

About this artwork

In the fifteenth century, prints were frequently published with conspicuously empty banderoles, blanks that viewers could complete by adding titles or fill in as early thought or speech bubbles. Israhel van Meckenem employed these winding, decorative banners to draw viewers into his coyly provocative Falconer and Lady and other images from his series of twelve secular couples involved in everyday activities, from church-going to playing music. These courtly lovers wear sumptuous clothing and participate in falconry, a popular hunting pastime of the wealthy. The hooded bird may symbolize the lovers’ cautious restraint.


Currently Off View


Prints and Drawings


Israhel van Meckenem, the younger


The Falconer and the Lady


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.



Engraving in black on cream laid paper


16.6 × 11.6 cm (6 9/16 × 4 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number


IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions