The painting has been entitled 'Daphnis and Chloe', presumably because the man's tentative advances suggest the problems which this pair of lovers had, as related in the Greek pastoral romance of that title by Longus, probably of the 3rd century AD. But many other subjects are possible.

Probably painted in Venice in the 1540s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1500 - 1571
Full title
A Pair of Lovers
Date made
1555-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
139.1 x 122 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG637
Location in Gallery