Moralizing Scene with an Old Woman and a Man

Object Details

Title:

Moralizing Scene with an Old Woman and a Man

Artist/Maker:

Adriaen van de Venne (Dutch, 1589 - 1662)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1631

Medium:

Oil on paper

Object Number:

2001.39

Dimensions:

16.7 × 11.4 cm (6 9/16 × 4 1/2 in.)

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A bent, old woman carrying a cat leans forward to take a quick puff on the clay pipe offered to her by a bearded man. The man's belly protrudes into the center of the scene, almost touching the woman's hand. Bagpipes, often used to symbolize sexual prowess, hang from his belt. In the background, a boy pats a dog while an older man taps on the old woman's shoulder. The single flame of a lamp and a crescent moon that peeps out from behind the clouds are the only sources of illumination in this night scene. Adriaen van de Venne used sharp contrasts in lighting to emphasize the deep creases in the bearded man's face, his grubby hands, and the coarse wool of the elderly woman's skirt.

Provenance
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Possibly David Gavin, Scottish, 1720 - 1783, by inheritance to his son-in-law, John Campbell, first marquess of Breadalbane.

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Possibly John Campbell, first marquess of Breadalbane, Scottish, 1762 - 1834, by inheritance to his son, John Campbell.

1862

John Campbell, second marquess of Breadalbane, Scottish, 1796 - 1862 (Taymouth Castle, Kenmore, Scotland), by inheritance to his sister, Elizabeth Maitland Pringle, 1862.

1862-1878

Elizabeth Maitland Pringle, Scottish, 1794 - 1878, probably by inheritance to her daughter, Mary Gavin Pringle, 1878.

1878-1912

Probably Mary Gavin Baillie-Hamilton, Scottish, 1832 - 1912 (Langton House, Duns, Scotland), probably by inheritance to her sister, Magdalen Bateson Harvey, 1912.

1912-1913

Probably Magdalen Bateson Harvey, Scottish, 1836 - 1913, probably by inheritance to her great-nephew by marriage to Sir Robert Bateson Harvey, Thomas George Breadalbane Morgan-Grenville-Gavin, 1913.

1913-1965

Probably Thomas George Breadalbane Morgan-Grenville-Gavin, Scottish, 1891 - 1965 (Langton House, Duns, Scotland), by inheritance within the family, 1965.

- 2000

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, November 8, 2000, lot 29, to Bob P. Haboldt.]

2000 - 2001

Bob P. Haboldt, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.

Exhibitions
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005
Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light (April 24 to July 22, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 24 to July 22, 2007
A Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing (September 23 to December 7, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 23 to December 7, 2008
Finding Form (December 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 12, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Bibliography

Sotheby's, Amsterdam. Old Master Drawings. November 8, 2000, p. 24, lot 29, ill.

Haboldt & Co., New York. Northern European Old Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, 2001-2002 (New York: Haboldt & Co., 2001), pp. 58-59, no. 25, ill.