Vertical Panel with a Man and Woman

Designer: Hans Janssen (Dutch, 1605–after 1631)

Engraver: Bartolomeus van Lochom (Dutch, 1607–after 1629)

Publisher: Claes Jansz. Visscher (Dutch, Amsterdam 1586–1652 Amsterdam)

Date: ca. 1631

Medium: Blackwork and engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 3 5/16 x 1 7/16 in. (8.4 x 3.7 cm) [cropped on plate marks]

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 47.108.11(2)

Description

This design for a vertical panel. filled with meandering branches and vegetal scrollwork reminds of late fifteenth century prints by Martin Schongauer and Israel von Meckenem. Interspersed between the scrollwork are various birds and other animals. The bottom half of the design shows a man and a woman taking a stroll, accompanied by a dog. The size of the print and its technique indicate that it is meant as a decoration for a small rectangular metal surface, like the lid of a box for example. The fact that Hans Jansen is mainly known through designs for decoration of gold- and silversmithswork, underwrites this impression.

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