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  • Collection: Paintings and engravingsdepicting a procuress

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This fresco painting portrays a domestic scene. There is a couple in bed and a woman on the corner. The latter could either be their maid or the woman's procuress.

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Manuscript illustration for the chapter on lust. See explanation in German in attached file.

Visit to the Spinner, by Meckenem (1495, c.)
A young man visits a spinner. The position of his sword, the presence of a cat, and the fact that the woman is a spinner seems to suggest that the woman is a prostitute or a procuress. SeeCarol Salus,Picasso and Celestina: The Artist's Vision of the…

Detail of Temptation of Saint Anthony, by Bosch (1501)
Fragmento del panel izquierdo del trípticoLas tentaciones de San Antonio.Nótese que este fragmento presenta varios personajes femeninos, como la mujer coronada con sombrero eclesiástico o la que se ve por la ventana y la que…

Untitled, engraving by Crabbe van Espleghem.
Scene of a client being robbed while he negotiates with a prostitute and procuress in the background.

Dos amantes, de Romano (1523)
"This painting done by Giulio Romano is a visual narrative of Alexander, his lover Roxanne, and an old woman (or procuress). Here, we see two lovers embracing each other about to share a tender kiss as an old woman with her jingling keys peeks around…

The Fools' Cage, by Schön (1525, c.)
Original title: Der Narrenkäfig ("The Fools' Cage").

A matchmaker has locked a group of fools in a cage. Among other words in German, she says: "When I was young, I was a whore/Now I am a matchmaker and I need this shipment" and other words…

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The biblical parable of the prodigal son is depicted in this tapestry. The prodigal son in the centre appears with a young woman on the left. An older woman presents the young woman to the prodigal son, which could indicate that she is acting as the…

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Original title: "L'Enfant prodigue chez les courtisanes" ("The prodigal son among the courtesans").

This painting represents the biblical story of the prodigal son in the house of the prostitutes. This story is represented as a banquet scene with…

Matchmaker School (Schule der Kupplerin), by Schoen (1531).
A client is distracted by a prostitute while the matchmaker hands a bag of money to another servant. In the tradition of the fools of the Narrenschiff, a fool with a hood at the window identifies the client as such.

Other title: Schule der…

La sabiduria del buho, grabado de Stoer (1532)
A procuress shelters between her legs a young woman who had attracted several men. Several characters speak, among them the old procuress.

Other title: Die Eulenbeize

Judith with the Head of Holophernes, by Schäufelein (1533)
Illustration in book:Das Büchle Memorial("The Büchle Memorial") byvon Schwartzenberg (1533), published byHeinrich Steiner.The publisher of this work (Steiner) is also the publisher of the second Wirsungedition ofLa Celestinatranslated to…

El hijo prodigo, de Hemesse, (1536)
Genre painting by Flemish author, based on the parable of the prodigal son (merry company). Note the old woman in the foreground, who, Judas-like, reaches for the bread.

Other titles: The Prodigal Son, De Verloren Zoon

The Matchmaker (Die Kupplerin), de Vogtherr (1537).
A client is distracted by a prostitute while a matchmaker hands a bag of money to a servant. In the tradition of the fools of Narrenschiff, a fool with a hood in the window identifies the client as such. Legend in German "Lug auf es wirklich macht"…

The Matchmaker (La alcahueta), by Cranach (1548).
Triangle between client, prostitute and matchmaker. Bag of money in the client and matchmaker's hands and a jug with alcohol in the prostitute's hand.

Other titles: Ungleiches Paar, Die verliebte Alte.

Print made by Cornelisz (1545)
First, a young woman robs the purse of a young man whom she kisses. In the background, on the right, a celestinesque old woman with a musical instrument. Under an inscription in Latin: "Sic Hispana Venus loccas excantat loving. Sic fucata rapit basia…

Escena de burdel, de Hemessen (1545)
Dutch painting, genre painting or merry company.
Note the old woman in the foreground with the beer or wine mug.

Original title: Lockere Gesellschaft

Carta de amor (Alcahueta), de Anónimo (1550 c)
French Art, second half of the 16th century.

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Representation of the prodigal son parable in the house of the prostitutes. Notice the old woman or procuress on the right side of the painting as the prodigal son is driven out of the house. Notice the caged parrot on the door (second image…

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair, except in this picture, it is a servant cutting Samson's hair while he lies on Delilah's lap. Note the maid who appears on the left near Delilah. The maid resembles…

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This painting represents the biblical scene of the prodigal son in the prostitutes' house. Note the older woman on the left that acts as the procuress of the younger women.

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This painting represents the biblical story of the prodigal son in the house of the prostitutes. The painting depicts a banquet scene with young women and their clients. Note the older woman on the left that acts as a procuress and oversees the young…

Danaë, by Tiziano (1553).
Danaë's maid receives a shower of gold.

Other title: Danaë

Alegre reunion, de Massys (1560, c.)
Dutch art. Genre painting of tavern or brothel.
Note the old woman.

Other title: Det glada sällskapet

The Love Letter, by Clouet (1570, c.)
Original title: Le billet doux ("The Love Letter").

A young woman in between matchmaker with a letter and a man that solicits her services.

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Original title: De verloren zoon verkwist zijn geld ("The prodigal wasting his money").

This engraving represents the parable of the prodigal son in the house of prostitutes. Young women are shown playing musical instruments around a table. Note…

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This painting depicts the biblical story of the prodigal son in the house of prostitutes. In the painting, young women are mingling with men around a table. An old woman, acting as a procuress appears on the right.

A Venetian Procuress, by Boissard (1581)
Image of three women of the sex trade in Venice, including two prostitutes and a procuress.

Other title: Prostituée bourgeoise, Noble prostituée vénitienne, Maquerelle vénitienne

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Although, evidently, the maid is neither a celestine nor a procuress, she is represented in the painting with typical traits of these characters. The three, young woman, old woman and man, is typical in the celestine, the client and the protected…

Study for an engraving in the Hortus Voluptatum, by de Passe (1599)
A woman and a man in the center of a room. The woman points to the bed while he has his hand on her waist. There is another woman at the door.

Illustration of an old woman giving a young woman a letter, by Passe (1600 c.)
Illustration of an old woman giving a love letter to a young woman, in the background to the right a feathered hat or a flower vase. Undearneath, written in French and German is the following text: "I swear that he is so taken by you that he is…

Monk with Nun and Procuress or Martin Luther and his consort Katharina von Bora, by follower of Brueghel (1600, c.)
Original title: Mönch mit Nonne und Kupplerin oder Martin Luther mit seiner Gefährtin Katharina von Bora ("Monk with Nun and Procuress or Martin Luther and his consort Katharina von Bora").

The painting represents a young man being kissed in the…

Cortesana con su alcahueta, de Von Aachen (siglo XVII)
A young woman looks away as her procuress shows her a jewel. The procuress holds a bag filled with money in her hand. The dog stares at the viewer, and acts as the client, who is a typical figure in these types of paintings.

Alcahueta con una pareja, de Von Aachen (c. 1605-1610)
Man showing a jewel to a young woman, who looks at the procuress behind her taking a bag of money. Banquet scene in the background.

Other title: Kuppeleiszene

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair, except in this picture, it is a servant cutting Samson's hair while he lies on Delilah's lap. Note the maid who appears on the left holding the candle in the scene.…

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair, except in this picture, it is a servant cutting Samson's hair while he lies on Delilah's lap. Note the maid who appears on the right holding the candle in the scene.…

Danaë, by Gentileschi (1612)
Danaë and servant receiving rain of gold on her dress. Compare with a Tiziano painting.

Illustration in the book Sperne Voluptatem, by Bry (1614)
Emblem with motto in three languages:Latin: Sperne Voluptatem annalem ut retia vites, Quae certam noxam per niciema ereant. Lena, canes, pisces volucres Cupidia, porcus Quam multos multis implicuere modis.German (Original): Der wollust Netz vnd…

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair. Note the maid who appears on the left holding the candle in the scene. The maid resembles the procuress in Caravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes(1598, c.)

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of thePhilistines approachingSamson'sto cut off his hair while he lies onDelilah's lap. Note the maid who appears on the right near Delilah. The maid resembles the procuress inCaravaggio's Judith…

El banquete, de Honthorst (1619)
Descripción en Web Gallery of Art
"Honthorst's genre pictures of light-hearted gatherings had a great impact in Utrecht. He made such pictures while he was still in Italy. His Supper Party, painted during his last months in Italy, set a precedent…

Los jugadores de dedos o los jugadores de backgammon, de Van Bijlert (1620 (c.))
La presencia de la mujer vieja al lado de la joven y de un hombre es típico de escens con alcahueta, aunque aquí la situación no sea evidente

The Soldier and the Procuress, by Baburen (1620, c.)
Original title: Der Krieger und die Kupplerin ("The Soldier and the Procuress")

Fresco of a matchmaker negotiating with a soldier.

The Matchmaker, by Businck (1650, c.)
Original title: Die Kupplerin ("The Matchmaker").

Woodcut based on the painting by Lallemand.

Triangle between matchmaker, young woman, and man, plus another character.

Escena en un burdel, atribuido a Francken II (Fecha desconocida)
Study of figures, rendered in black chalk, of a scene inside a brothel, with a well-dressed young man, and a young woman accompanied by an old woman who appears to be her procuress. Attributed to Frans Francken II (the Younger).

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Alegoria de avaricia, de Moreelse (1621)
The subject of the greedy or usurer old woman is indirectly related to the subject of the procuress, since it uses the same physical prototype.See painting:Vieja usurera, de Ribera (1638).Here the presence of a second character evokes Parmeno's…

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The Matchmaker, by Baburen (1622)
Original title: De koppelaarster ("The Matchmaker").

Client between prostitute and matchmaker, with a coin in hand. Dutch school. Painting by Bordeeltjes or brothel scenes. There are at least three different versions of this painting.

El hijo pródigo, de Honthorst (1622)
Dinner scene with prostitutes inspired by the biblical story of the prodigal son, a common theme in Dutch painting of the time. Compared with pictures by Murillo on the same theme, which do not present these scenes but rather the reconciliation.

Alegre compañía, de Honthorst (1623)
Scene inspired by the tradition of the prodigal son. Caravaggio influences. "Honthorst's genre painting relates to the subject portrayed by his fellow Utrecht Caravaggisti. It depicts a provocative scene of a wanton student (the prodigal son?) in the…

Concert (The Prodigal Son among the Prostitutes), by van Baburen (1623)
The image represents two young men, one of them being the prodigal son with a semi-naked young woman acting as a prostitute. She is also holding a violin. An old woman acting as the procuress appears in the background and centre of the image.

The Matchmaker (De koppelaarster), by Honthorst (1625).
Brother scene with the triangle of the matchmaker, young woman and client. The young woman has a lute and the matchmaker points her finger.

Original title: De koppelaarster

At the Procuress, by Bijlert (1625, c.)
Original title: Koppelaarster ("At the Procuress").

Client and prostitute at the table. Matchmaker or servant in the background. Dog in foreground. Brother or tavern, Dutch school.

Concierto, de Honthorst (1625, c.)
Escena de música y banquete, un tema del que este pintor tiene varios cuadros. Nótese la vieja a la derecha y el vino.

Compañía musical, de van Rijn (1626)
A young woman sits with a book in her hands. Two musicians around her play the harp and the double bass. Behind the young woman, an old woman.

Original title: Musicerend gezelschap

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair. However, in this representation of the scene,Delilah is not cutting Samson's hair, he is being taken by soldiers with ropes whileSamson and Delilahreach out for each…

Escena de burdel (Una alegre compañía en una mesa), de Pot (1630 c.)
A room with a table with a red tablecloth. On the left, a young woman near a man and next to her an old woman who seems to act like a procuress.

The Prodigal Son Today, cover of book by Hooft (1630)
Scene from the Biblical story of the prodigal son

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Original title:Sansone e Dalila ("Samson and Delilah").This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair. Note the maid who appears on the right holdingDelilah's hand. The maid resembles the procuress inCaravaggio's…

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This painting portrays the famous biblical scene of Delilah cutting Samson's hair. Note the maid who appears on the right besides Delilah. The maid resembles the procuress inCaravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes(1598, c.)

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Original title: Eine alte Kupplerin bietet einer jungen Frau Juwelen an ("An old procuress offers a young woman jewels").

This work represents a young and an old woman. From the title we know that the older woman is a procuress, and she offers…

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Original title: L'enfant prodigue chez les courtisanes ("The prodigal son among courtesans")

This painting depicts the biblical story of the prodigal son in the house of the prostitutes. It is a banquet scene with young women and their clients.…

Un caballero encendiendo una pipa de una vela, una mujer mayor derramando de una cacerola y una mujer joven cortando el tabaco - un fragmento, del taller de Gerrit van Honthorst (1633 c.)
Fragmento del cuadro. Nótese la mujer vieja detrás. La escena parece corresponder al modelo de "marrymaking" o reunión con música, comida y bebida en ambientes burdelarios, muy frecuente en la pintura holandesa de la época

Two Amorous Couples at an Inn, by de Ram and van Vliet (1633, c.)
"Two amorous couples at an inn; one couple in frontal view next to the fireplace at right; the other turned to right in left foreground; a female figure carrying a jug at far left; broken glass, playing cards and a pipe on the floor. c.1633-5 Etching…

The Prodigal Son Driven Out, by Callot (1635)
The prodigal son driven out of the house of the prostitutes. It is an engraving in a series of five. Notice the procuress on the stairs, the only engraving portraying a procuress in the series. This engraving influenced Murillo's painting of the same…

The Matchmaker (De koppelaarster), by Bronckhorst (1636-1638).
Original title: De koppelaarster ("The Matchmaker").

Nude prostitute with client and matchmaker. Brother or Dutch school tavern scene

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No es necesariamente una alcahueta pero encaja con el tipo usado para éstas

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Temptation of Saint Anthony, by Teniers (1640 c.)
Notice that the devil takes the form of a procuress to tempt Saint Anthony, offering him a young woman. There are other version by Teniers or his followers of the same scene, as the one at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, and others.

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This painting represents a biblical scene where Herodias pierces the tongue of John the Baptist while his severed head is resting on a plate hold by Salome.
The portrayal of the young woman, the older woman and a man is reminiscent of Celestina…

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This painting depicts the biblical story of the prodigal son in the house of prostitutes. The prodigal son appears in a bedroom with a young woman. The young woman hands over some jewellery to an older woman, who acts as a procuress.

Dos amantes en una mesa, de Sorgh (1644)
Hidden behind the door, a procuress or old woman watches the interaction of the couple. We can assume that she is calculating the amount of money she can get out of the boy to obtain the girl's favors.

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Engravings in a collection representing different characters in he city of Bologna, in this case a procuress at the door of a house with two women

Danaë, by Van Loo (1650).
Danaë and servant in a matchmaker-like way.

El hijo pródigo, atribuido a un seguidor de Frans Francken (Fecha desconocida)
Scene containing typical themes from procuress and celestine themes. An old woman, resembling a procuress, encourages couples at the table, while giving instructions to a young boy who seems to be helping her.

Other title: Der verlorene Sohn

Vanitas, allegory of ages, by Martinelli (1650 c.)
Death, young and old woman, a servant or procuress, coins.

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This image represents the biblical scene where Salome receives the severed head of Saint John the Baptist. Other people are represented in the painting, such as another young woman next to Salome, an elder woman holding the head and on the left a…

La alcahueta, de Steen (siglo XVII)
Dutch art. Tradition of brothel painting representing a client paying a procuress while a woman lies on a bed.

Don Juan y Constanza, de Adriaensz Backer (c. 1650)
Description at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts:
"This is probably a portrait of a husband and wife dressed up as characters from a Dutch adaptation of La Gitanilla by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. The story tells of the romance between Don…

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In this representation of Bathsheba, Rembrandt depicts her as a naked young woman holding a letter from King David. Bathing the young woman, a Celestina inspired character appears on the left as an older woman. This topic also appears in Picasso's…

Four figures on a step (Cuatro figuras en un escalón), by Murillo (1655. c).
Four characters among which a prostitute and a matchmaker are usually identified.

The Procuress, by Vermeer (1656)
Original title: De koppelaarster ("The Procuress").

A prostitute, her matchmaker, and two clients. Brothel or school Dutch school scene.

Betsabé con una carta de David, de Steen (1659)
Despite the biblical theme, it is treated as a genre scene in which a young woman welcomes a procuress with a missive.

Woman with a Lapdog, Accompanied by a Maidservant, by Mieris (1660)
Woman with a Lapdog, Accompanied by a Maidservant (probably Bathsheba with King David’s Letter)
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