The subject of The Falconer may well have been inspired by a 14th Florentine folk tale, Frederigo's Falcon. Maclise has paid a good deal of attention to the implied drama between the two figures and to the Renaissance period costume. The three-quarter length pose in an enclosed space but with an outdoor setting is reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture. The narrative and passion implicit in the scene is, however, typically Victorian. Maclise's poetic style of painting and strong use of colour is visually impressive. Both the repressed eroticism of the scene and the detailed style of painting suggest that he was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
|Creator||Maclise, Daniel (Search Europeana for this person)|
|Subject Terms||Painitng, oil on canvas|
|Provider||Irish Manuscripts Commission|