Embrace at the Golden Gate

 

Embrace at the Golden Gate

 

Embrace at the Golden Gate

This scene shows the first of the money-bags (bolsas), of widely varying materials and forms, that can be followed-up in the Gothic panel paintings of the collection. This old usage (of bolsa) seems to allude to the ancient Spanish expression uttered by highwaymen in their assaults: “¿La bolsa, o la vida?” (in English, “Your money or your life!”).

 

Embrace at the Golden Gate, Master of Retascón, c. 1410-1425

Room 24