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Collection Online as of February 28, 2024

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

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

1495–96
(German, 1471–1528)
Platemark: 15 x 13.9 cm (5 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Meder 77
Location: not on view

Description

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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  • {{cite web|title=The Offer of Love (or the Ill-Assorted Couple)|url=false|author=Albrecht Dürer|year=1495–96|access-date=28 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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