The Ill-matched Couple
  • TitleThe Ill-matched Couple
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on lime wood
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 108 x 119 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 135 x 146 x 8 cm
  • DatingSigned 1532
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Lucas Cranach d.ä., German, born 1472, dead 1553
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 258
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1622 16th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    An old man is paying a young woman, probably for sexual services. This was a recurring theme in north European Renaissance art and literature, often interpreted as an example of the folly of lust. Advanced age was associated with lechery. The clear contrast between the fawning old man and the seductively dressed woman accentuates the grotesqueness of the situation. The scales in her hand are a reference to the Last Judgement, when according to the Bible everyone will be judged by their deeds.