CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)


Oil on panel, 51 x 97 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

With only a stick to help them, three nude children attempt to play a game, the object of which is to pass a large ball through a hoop. A winged woman, lost in thought, splits a stick, seemingly in the process of making another hoop.

Through reference to a similar figure in a Dürer's print, the seated female figure has been read as a personification of Melancholy, one of the four temperaments.