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Man and Woman at a Spinning Wheel  1560

by Pieter Pietersz. I

Despite their individualized features, it is uncertain whether the depiction of this elegantly dressed couple was intended as a portrait. The scene nevertheless carries a clear message. The man holding a tankard is seducing the young woman, who stares directly at us. She must choose between the spinning wheel and the tankard, between virtue and vice.
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum