Interior with Two Pairs of Lovers and a Fool

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

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1625/29

Artist:

Johann Liss
German, c.1597-1629/31

About this artwork

As the prominent curtains imply, this boisterous genre scene by the itinerant German artist Johann Liss likely takes place in the cosy interior of a brothel. In a gesture typical of northern European sensitivities, the crouching fool covers much of his face with his hand, yet fixes the viewer in his gaze. By enjoying the sensory delights on display—music and lovemaking— the viewer is implicated as part of the scene. Liss may have produced this print in Venice at the end of his career; the print’s lightly moralistic tone is equally at home in southern Europe.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Liss

Title

Interior with Two Pairs of Lovers and a Fool

Origin

Germany

Date

1625–1629

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

167 x 207 mm

Credit Line

Stanley Field Fund

Reference Number

1971.356

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