The Ill-Matched Couple

Print
Location: 
Room 038.2
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Lucas Cranach (the Elder)
Kronach, 1472 – Weimar, 1553
Museum tags: 
Social tags: 
  • male
  • dirty old man
  • lust
Description:

The picture shows a young girl robbing a foolish old man who is blissfully unaware of anything other than her charms. She has a smile of satisfaction on her face as she slips her hand into the lecher's purse. The subject of couples of different ages has a long tradition and was a favourite theme during the Lutheran Reformation. Cranach illustrated it frequently. This scene has a moralistic bent as it depicts woman as a dangerous creature and a source of sin, humiliation and perdition. The work is signed and dated next to the girl's arm with the artist's distinguishing mark: a small dragon with its wings raised.

Painting

1517

27.3 x 18 cm

Francesc Cambó Bequest, 1949

Inventory number: 

065012-000

Oil on wood
Century: 16th
Subject: Allegory
Subject: Religion
Lucas Cranach (el Vell) - Parella amorosa desigual - 1517
Parella amorosa desigual
Lucas Cranach (el Vell) - Parella amorosa desigual - 1517 [1]
Parella amorosa desigual [1]