The Art and Where to Find It

An Elderly Couple

Artist: Jan Gossaert

Location: Yorkshire Bank, Bridgegate. The original is on display at The National Gallery, London.

A double portrait by the Flemish master painted with oil on parchment laid down on canvas. This study of old age is the only known double portrait by Gossaert and the couple have never been identified. The National Gallery (where the original is held) states that "on the badge on the man's hat a young naked couple with a cornucopia are depicted, clearly providing a contrast with the age of the subjects, and perhaps an ironic comment on their present state." Jan Gossaert, An Elderly Couple Copyright The National Gallery, London.