Ornament with Owl Mocked by Day Birds

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

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1480

Artist:

Master F.V.B. (Netherlandish, active 1475-1500)
after Martin Schongauer (German, c. 1430/50-1491)

About this artwork

The Netherlandish artist Master F. V. B. produced a close copy of Martin Schongauer’s print that appears in reverse as a result of the printing process. The subject was also known as a “bird concert” and continued to be popular for centuries. It consisted of diurnal birds making raucous fun of the helplessness of a nocturnal owl, which had been unwittingly stranded during the day. This particular owl seems to be slightly less blinded by the sun than others. He has secured some prey, and holds the small bird prisoner in his beak.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master F.V.B.

Title

Ornament with Owl Mocked by Day Birds

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1475–1485

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

149 x 98 mm (image/plate); 142 x 100 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.976

Extended information about this artwork

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