A young woman filches the purse of a grinning old man. A witness watches the shameful scene from behind a door. Quentin Massys presented this theme of ‘unequal love’ or the ‘mismatched couple’ in several of his works. The example shown here is probably a copy after a lost original. Disapproval and mocking of ‘sweethearts’ with a large age difference is a recurring theme in Netherlandish and German printmaking and painting in the years around 1500.