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Ill-Matched Couple

Quentin Matsys

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

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.

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  • Title: Ill-Matched Couple
  • Creator: Workshop of Quinten Massijs
  • Location: (Leuven ca. 1466 - Antwerp 1530)

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