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The Moneychanger and his Wife
Marinus van Reymerswaele
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Marinus van Reymerswaele

Reimerswaal (Países Bajos), 1490 - Goes (Países Bajos), 1567

The Moneychanger and his Wife

1539. Oil on panel, 83 x 97 cm.

Seated at a table, the two characters count money with greedy expressions. The moneychanger wears bourgeois clothing, with fur cuffs and collar and a strange hat with a pendant. The woman wears a red suit and a white cap, in sixteenth-century Flemish style. The table has several gold and copper coins, an account book and a scale. A shelf in the background holds a candlestick and other papers. The composition is derived from a model painted by Quentin Massys, of which there are various examples. The best known of these is in the Louvre in Paris. Although the artist repeated this composition many times, this version from 1539 accentuates certain aspects, such as the tension created by the accumulation and disorder of the objects in the room. This is a way of censuring or criticizing the characters´ morally reprehensible activity. A very similar version by the same artist is in the Monastery of El Escorial, on loan from the Prado Museum (P02102)

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The Moneychanger and his Wife
Oil on panel, 1538
Inventory number
P02567
Author
Marinus van Reymerswaele
Title
The Moneychanger and his Wife
Date
1539
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 83 cm.; Width: 97 cm.
Provenance
Legacy of María de los Ángeles Medina y Garvey, Duchess of Tarifa, 1934

Bibliography +

Friedländer, Max J., Die altniederlandische malerei, Paul Cassirer, Berlín, 1935, pp. 40-43.

Van Werveke, H., Aantekening bij de zogenaamde belastingpachters en wisselaars van Marinus van Reymerswael, Gentsche bijdragen tot de kunstgeschiedenis, 1949-1950, pp. 43-58.

V.V.A.A., Carlos V y su ambiente: exposición-homenaje en el IV Centenario de su muerte, (1558-1958), Ministerio de Educación Nacional, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Toledo, 1958, pp. 87-88.

Moxey, K.P.F., The Criticism of Avarice in Sixteenth-century Netherlandish Painting, Netherlandish Mannerism: Stockholm, 1984, pp. 21-34.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La pintura flamenca en el Prado, IbercajaFonds Mercator, Amberes, 1989, pp. 95.

Milkers, Anne, Omtrent Marinus van Reymerswaele, Gante, 1990.

Heck, Christian, Collections du Nord-Pas-De Calais : la Peinture de Flandre e, Bij Peeters, Bruxelas, 2005, pp. 283.

Silver, Larry, Pieter Bruegel, Abbeville Press Publishers, 2011, pp. 147.

Woodall, Joanna, De wisselaer Quentin Matsys's man weeighing gold coins and his wife. 1514, Nederlands kunsthistorisch jaarboek, 64, 2014, pp. 38-75 [39,41].

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1664.
Autor, Reymerswaele. / 1664. Asunto, el cambista y su mujer. / Tabla, 83 x 97 cm. / nº catalogo, 2567. / Legado del duque de Tarifa en 1934...

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1942-1996. Núm. 2567.

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Room 056 (On Display)

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Update date: 03-12-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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