A Man Caressing the Young Hostess

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1660/64

Artist:

Cornelis Pietersz Bega
Dutch, 1631/32-1664

About this artwork

Cornelis Pietersz Bega’s talents were wide-ranging—from painting and drawing to etching—and genre scenes of everyday Dutch life were his principal subjects. In this etching, Bega depicted an interaction between lecherous drunkards and a young tavern hostess. On the makeshift barrel table are a bottle of alcohol and coals for the pipe. The ace of spades, one of the three playing cards scattered on the ground, symbolizes death, suggesting the work’s moralizing message.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 208

Artist

Cornelis Pietersz. Bega

Title

A Man Caressing the Young Hostess

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1660–1664

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

198 x 165 mm (image); 226 x 173 mm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1965.634

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