A Falconer in a Landscape

Monogrammist MS1557

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Monogrammist M.S. is known only from his signature on this drawing.

A horse awaits at the right, while a falconer and his royal dog lure back the falcon, shown bent over his prey. Crisp black outlines with small hatchings represent light and shadow and give three-dimensional form to the land, trees, and figures. In an approach typical of the 1500s, layers, or strips of land that together build a sense of depth, show the recession from foreground to background. To emphasize the vast distance of the mountains and town in the background, the Monogrammist M.S. sketched in only the barest of outlines indicating the far-off trees with tiny ovals. The drawing's high level of finish and prominent monogram and date indicate that he may have made it as a gift for a friend.

Hunting scenes of this type were extremely popular in German art of the 1500s. By the Middle Ages, falconry, the art of using birds of prey (falcons, hawks, and sometimes eagles) to hunt game, had become a favorite pastime of wealthy aristocrats in Western Europe.

Show lessRead more
  • Title: A Falconer in a Landscape
  • Creator: Monogrammist MS
  • Date: 1557
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 15.1 x 21 cm (5 15/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black ink
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: (Recto) at the top, signed and dated by the artist "Im 1557 Jar den 30 November./M.S." in black ink.
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 89.GA.13
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: (Verso) under the lining, inscribed "Falkenjagd".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Drawings