A Young Woman Preferring A Suitor Her Own Age To A Rich Old Man

Crispijn De Pass the Elder

Dutch, 1564 - 1637

A Young Woman Preferring a Suitor Her Own Age to a Rich Old Man, 1599

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Engraving on paper

Dimensions: 3 5/8 × 6 in. (9.2 × 15.2 cm)

Museum purchase, 2010.292

A Dutch engraver, draftsman, and publisher, Crispijn de Passe the Elder began working in Antwerp and later settled in Cologne where he ran a successful print publishing house. In 1611, he and his family moved to Utrecht where he started another prosperous print business. Four of his children became professional engravers.In this print, a young woman is shown turning away from an old man, who grasps onto her shoulder. His other hand is in the box of coins, showing off his great wealth. He seems oblivious, however, to the hooded skeletal figure holding an hour glass—representing Death. Perhaps the young woman, who has chosen the youthful man over a life of wealth senses the presence of Death and wants to avoid that fate for as long as she can. This subject follows the Dutch tradition in the 16th and 17th centuries of showing genre (or everyday) subjects with a moralizing message.

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