Der liederliche Student
Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656)

Der liederliche Student,

1625
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
125 x 156 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal IX
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
391
Acquisition
1799 aus der Galerie Zweibrücken
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Gerard van Honthorst, Der liederliche Student, 1625, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/wq4jXaELWo (Last updated on 09.05.2022)
The Latin poem in the book tells us that the reveller in the foreground is a student who prefers the high life with wine and loose women to studying. But this has serious consequences. A procuress in the background with a baby in her arms steps forward. This motif of the student who is at first extravagant, then impoverished and expelled from university, but who ultimately sees the error of his ways, can also be found in the literature of the time where it was used for moralising purposes.

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