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Follower of Marinus van Reymerswaele (c. 1490-c. 1567)

The Misers 1548-51

Oil on panel | 118.0 x 98.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external) | RCIN 405707

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Two tax collectors, their faces contorted in concentration and greed, evaluate the coins on the table before them according to the latest exchange rates written in their ledger. The candle on the shelf above, which will soon burn out, is symbolic of the shortness of life, and the painting serves as a warning against avarice.