MECKENEM, Israhel van the Younger
(b. 1440/45, Meckenheim, d. 1503, Bocholt)

Visit to the Spinner

Engraving, 162 x 111 mm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Interest in the secular and the commonplace reaches programmatic proportions in Meckenem's works. Sometime between 1495 and 1500 he executed a series of "Twelve Scenes of Daily Life" where couples, pursuing everyday activities, illustrate some aspect of the social world they represent. Six of these are placed in detailed domestic interiors with a wealth of detail of household furnishings displayed. The Visit to the Spinner is a good example.