An Elderly Couple

The only known double portrait by Gossaert. The sitters have not been identified. On the badge on the man's hat a young naked couple with a cornucopia are depicted, clearly providing a contrast with the age of the subjects, and perhaps an ironic comment on their present state.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1508; died 1532
Full title
An Elderly Couple
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on parchment laid down on canvas
48.1 × 69.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1900
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Further information

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