The painting “Changing with a wife”, Quentin Masseis – a description
- Posted by Quentin Masseis
- Museum: Louvre
- Year: Around 1510-1515
Description of the picture :
Changed with my wife – Quentin Masseis. Wood, butter. 71 x 68 cm
The story of the life of urban inhabitants is presented in the painting by Flemish painter Quentin Masseyas “Menal with his wife”. Every detail depicted by the artist is important in it. The head of the family, changed, is busy with his usual business: he is constantly monitoring the balance of the cups of scales, on which his own well-being directly depends. His young wife, turning the page of the prayer book, was distracted from the spiritual reading and for a moment looked at the cups of scales that attracted the attention of her husband. Her eyes regret the inconsistency of the real world with Christian values, the idea of which she takes from books and church services.
Caring for increasing the income of money is opposed to the desire for spiritual contemplation of his wife. And in a small round mirror lying on the table and turned to the audience, a peaceful scene is reflected: the person sitting at the window is immersed in reading, and a church spire is visible in the window. This “picture in the picture” illustrates the ideal lifestyle that the young wife of money changers sincerely seeks, but she is torn off by constant urgent worries.