Double Portrait of an Elderly Couple
  • Double Portrait of an Elderly Couple

    TitleDouble Portrait of an Elderly Couple
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 134,5 x 185,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 158 x 208 x 8 cm
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Lucas van Valckenborch, Flemish, born 1530, dead 1597
    Artist: Georg Flegel, German, born 1563, dead 1638
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6836
  • AcquisitionGift 1988 mrs Greta Elmström with contribution from Nationalmusei Vänner
  • Description
    Images and media

    A man and a woman are seen next to a laid table. Behind them is a city view with a statue interpreted as Luther, which can be linked to Valckenborch’s escape from religious persecution in Flanders. A restoration has shown that the glass that the man is holding is an hourglass that was painted over. Perhaps it is a self-portrait of Valckenborch with a reminder of the transience of life. The painting was finished by his partner Flegel.