Shoemaking, Printing, Falconry

Traditions are passed down by word of mouth and practised by one generation after the next. They need to be preserved, but they also need to be developed.

For example, basic manual printing techniques, the information medium of the late Middle Ages, have been passed down to us orally in great detail and thus become an artistic expression in their own right.

As handicrafts of old slowly disappear, only a few small workshops are left to teach the old techniques. And yet these are the very techniques that allow for adaption to the individual wishes of customers.

Alongside handicrafts and trades, old forms of hunting are preserved – the art of using birds to hunt, for example. The “silent hunts” of contemporary falconry are considered a natural situation between the bird and its prey.


The Shoemakers and the Hatters

Johannes van Vliet (active c. 1628–1637)

Two cobblers are plying their trade in a workshop. Tradition has it that the profession of hatter began in Paris in the 13th century. Van Vliet depicts two hatters at work sewing straw hats.  more...

The Workshop of the Printer

Johannes van Vliet (active c. 1628–1637)

Artists often do not print their engraved and etched copperplates themselves but entrust them to a printer. The French engraver Abraham Bosse depicts an engraving workshop, in which three printers are working at different stations.  more...

The Falconer Receives the Falcon again

Martin Elias Ridinger (1730‒1780)

An essential aspect of falconry is the relationship between human and wild animal, one entered into voluntarily for a lifetime. The falcon depicted in Ridinger’s print is rewarded with a large morsel from the hand of the falconer.  more...

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