Joust of Two Wild Men
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Artist:   Israhel van Meckenem  
Title:   Joust of Two Wild Men  
Date:   c. 1480  
Medium:   Engraving  
Dimensions:   5 1/16 x 7 1/2 in. (12.86 x 19.05 cm) (image)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1926  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Their headgear indicates the allegiances of the jousting, furry wild men: here is the chivalrous clash between the beets and the leeks. Through the extravagant acanthus-like trappings armoring their steeds we catch a glimpse of the intense gaze of the beet partisan and the unfazed smile of the rider for the leeks. In this early work, Israhel is still solidly in the Middle Ages, unencumbered by Renaissance concerns over measuring up to standards from antiquity.

Name:   van Meckenem, Israhel  
Life Dates:   German, c. 1445-1503  

Object Description  
Classification:   Prints  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Accession #:   P.10,920  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts