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Martin Schongauer

Martin Schongauer (1430-1491)

The Matchmaker


Inspired by a drawing by Martin Schongauer in conjunction with the Schongauer engraving of the Two Turks (Lehrs 89).



The Matchmaker



B.15; L.15



Engraving (Line)



c. 17th century

Image Size


6 1/4 in x 4 3/8 in (15.9 cm x 11.1 cm)

Sheet Size


6 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in (16.2 cm x 11.4 cm)



Here we see the profile of three figures; a young woman on the left gestures as if in the midst of a decision - she is stared upon intently by two men who stand before her. We can presume that our Matchmaker is central to the composition, eagerly awaiting the maiden's decision regarding the young suitor to his left. This is an enticing, mysterious, and even whimsical composition that leaves its audience wondering and debating about the thoughts of each of these three figures; they seem to be in communication with one another without moving their lips. The interaction between the suitor and the maiden versus the matchmaker and the maiden is very different based upon the body language and eye contact of each.

According to M. Lehrs (2005), this original engraving dates to the 17th century created by a follower of Martin Schongauer. This work was most likely inspired by an original drawing and one of his engravings titled, The Two Turks (L.89). The original plate still exists and is preserved in the Praun Collection, Nuremberg.



This work is a fine, dark black impression in very good condition.



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