National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Ill-Matched Lovers Quentin Massys (artist)
Netherlandish, 1466 - 1530
Ill-Matched Lovers, c. 1520/1525
oil on panel
overall: 43.2 x 63 cm (17 x 24 13/16 in.) framed: 61.6 x 81.3 x 7.6 cm (24 1/4 x 32 x 3 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1971.55.1
On View
From the Tour: Antwerp in the Early 1500s
Object 4 of 7

Conservation Notes

The painting is in good condition. There is repaint along the join of the two horizontal boards. The face and body of the fool as well as the faces of the woman and the old man contain small, scattered areas of repaint. A portion of the woman's chest, above the bodice, has been repainted, and a painted crackle pattern has also been added. The fool appears to have two pupils in his proper left eye. The pupil at the right is more like the other eyes in the painting and is probably the original. The left pupil might be a remnant of an abraded shadow or an old restoration. On the reverse, at lower right corner, is a partially destroyed red resinous seal.

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