Platemark: 15 x 13.9 cm (5 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection 1972.309
Catalogue raisonné: Meder 77
Dürer’s early engraving of "unequal lovers" plays on a prevalent theme in northern European art in which a young woman seduces a much older man in order to steal his money. Dürer departed from standard representations of the subject and portrayed the male figure in his engraving as a willing participant, paying for the services he’s about to receive. Although scenes of unequal lovers often carry moralizing messages about the dangers of women, the idyllic setting of this image and the seemingly familiar transaction between prostitute and patron suggest a more complex situation beyond simple carnal desire.
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