Schuttersfeest (Festival of the Archers) by Meester van Frankfurt, 1493
oil on canvas, height 176cm x width 141cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
In the lower right quadrant is a man and a woman in white holding a dog : he is the artist. The Master of Frankfurt (aka Meester van Frankfurt)
|The artist and his wife and her dog.
|Did he wear the exact same clothes every day?
What's a black guy doing in the Hapsburg Netherlands (and what would eventually be Antwerp, Belgium)?
|sure, give the black guy the flesh colored tights
The jester in red & black appears to be wearing roller skates. The link above notes that the small white line going from the bird on the red & black jester's should to the eye of the jester in green Shrek hat might look like a scratch on the painting but it is not. It is paint showing the black bird bending down, lifting his tail feathers and spraying poop into the eye of the green jester.
Hey, look over there…
|"Hey, baby, I really like your apples…"
|K - I - S - S - I - N - G
|she is squeezing his thigh and looking at him with lust in her eyes
|A statue of a knight in armor with a lance (Saint George?) and a banner bearing the cross of Saint George (from the upper left corner of the picture)
This is not typical of the schuttersstuk genre. The usual schuttersstuk focuses almost exclusively on the portraits of the militia members. In this, it is difficult to tell who is a militia member and who is not. They are probably the men with an insignia on their arm, those holding bows and who knows who else.
In common with other schuttersstuk, it was apparently commissioned by the Antwerp Crossbow Guild. The dutch wiki page describes the painting as allegorical but I haven't seen an explanation of the meaning.
|a member of the militia, a heavy drinker, with an insignia on his arm carrying heavy drink containers.
|an attempt to show the size and scale of the painting