NETSCHER, Caspar
(b. 1639, Prague, d. 1684, Den Haag)

The Seduction

1664
Oil on panel, 38 x 32 cm
Private collection

In this painting, the elegant young woman standing at left assumes the role of the procuress: pointing insistently at her palm, she demands money from the young man seated before her. He, in turn, dutifully offers up a gold coin in payment. The second young woman, clad in a lustrous satin gown, is poised with pitcher and glass, ready to commence festivities the moment the transaction is completed.

The painting belongs to a long tradition of Netherlandish representations of love for sale, which includes Dirck van Baburen's Procuress and Johannes Vermeer's bold depiction of the same subject

The painting is signed on the chair: C Netscher F.