Israhel van Meckenem German, c. 1445 - 1503 The Falconer and Noble Lady in a Garden c. 1495-1503
Israhel van Meckenem German, c. 1445 - 1503 The Juggler and the Woman, c. 1495-1503
Israhel van Meckenem continued to work at goldsmithing. Some surviving pieces are widely accepted as his & many commissions from the Bocholt council are documented between 1480 & 1498. He was evidently a prosperous & established figure in the town. One of his prints is a double portrait of himself & his wife, Ida, whom he married in the late 1480s. He is documented in various lawsuits against neighbors, & Ida was fined for "unseemly speech" as well as for "mocking & scolding public officials." He is known to have made over 600 plates with up to a 100 prints a plate. He was the 1st engraver to engrave his own features.
Israhel van Meckenem German, c. 1445 - 1503 The Churchgoers c. 1500
Israhel van Meckenem copied prints by The Housebook Master, including some now lost, Martin Schongauer, & many other German engravers. His famous series on the Life of the Virgin appears to have been based on drawings by Hans Holbein the Elder or his workshop, & he may have entered into a regular commercial relationship with Holbein.
Israhel van Meckenem German, c. 1445 - 1503 The Dissimilar Couple in a Garden c. 1500
Israhel van Meckenem's early works were fairly crude, but in the 1480s, he developed an effective personal style & made increasingly large & finished works. His own compositions are often very lively, & demonstrate a great interest in the secular life of his day. He was sophisticated in self-presentation, signing later prints with his name & town, & producing the 1st self-portrait print of himself & his wife. Some plates seem to have been reworked more than once by his workshop, or produced in more than one version, & many impressions have survived; so his ability to market, distribute & sell his prints was evidently equally well developed.
Israhel van Meckenem German, c. 1445 - 1503 Ornamental garden engraving with 2 lovers; at the lower centre grows a tendril with flowers and foliage winding to either side, with numerous birds and figures