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A Couple Seated underneath a Tree

Binck’s print showing the customs and costumes of everyday sixteenth-century life is actually a copy in reverse after a woodcut by Hans Baldung, which illustrated the Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Binck did a second version of this composition titled A Soldier and His Maid. Such lecherous scenes of mismatched lovers had a long tradition in Northern art. The small scale and erotic themes in Binck’s work link him with the Beham brothers, Hans Sebald and Bartel, two of the so-called Little Masters (Kleinmeister).

Jacob Binck
German, 1500–1569
after Hans Baldung
German, 1484/5–1545
A Couple Seated underneath a Tree
ca. 1520
Engraving on paper
Image/sheet: 3 ¼ x 4 5/8 in. (8.3 x 11.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Harry Engel, 71.112.5