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The Offer of Love (or The Ill-Assorted Couple)

The Offer of Love (or The Ill-Assorted Couple)

1495-1496

Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471-1528)

Engraving

Sheet: 14.8 x 13.7 cm (5 13/16 x 5 3/8 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1934.344

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 77

State: I/III

Description

In the late 15th century, moralizing scenes of mismatched lovers were popular subjects for prints. In one variation of the theme, a young woman seduces an unwitting old man in order to steal his money. In Dürer’s version here, however, the male figure willingly reaches into his purse to pay for his younger companion’s affections.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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