The Ill-Assorted Couple

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

Date:

c. 1496

Artist:

Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

The intersection of commerce with the seamy side of love inspired this secular Dürer engraving. The title refers to the difference in age between two would-be lovers, here seated outside in an intentionally isolated spot. In this popular Renaissance genre, lascivious elderly men attempt to grope beautiful courtesans who hold out for a second purse or steal the rest of their conquest’s belongings. Alternately, toothless crones stroke young men who hope to inherit everything on becoming widowers. Love is on offer to the highest bidder in a mercenary transaction that is anything but courtly.

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Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Title

The Ill-Assorted Couple

Origin

Germany

Date

1491–1501

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

149 x 138 mm (image/plate); 150 x 139 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1940.60

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