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Martin Marquart. A Goldsmith and his Hidden Side

Kunsthistorisches Museum | Vienna
€11 - €14
This exhibition showcases the impressive portrait of Martin Marquart, a goldsmith from Augsburg, which was painted around 1560. Both the front and the panel’s back - presumably on display for the very first time - now shine in new splendour following a recent restoration intervention. The back features a highly unusual composition: in the presence of a weeping Cupid a satyr presents a nude female figure with a necklace, a symbol of love for sale. We may assume that the male patron – personified by the venal and ugly satyr – has lost the joy of love, hence Cupid’s lamentations; but at least he has enough spare cash to be able to purchase sexual gratification.

The exhibition is over since the 19/11/2017

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  • Name: Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • Address: Maria-Theresien-Platz - 1010 - Vienna - Autriche
  • Phone: (43) 01 525 240


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