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Follower of Marinus van Reymerswaele (c. 1490/5-c. 1567)

The Misers 1548-51

RCIN 405707

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The two figures have traditionally been called ‘The Misers’ but are most likely tax collectors. The scene is intended to amuse the viewer with its caricature-like features and archaic dress. However, the underlying message is a warning against greed, because life is short, as symbolised by the candle which will soon burn out. The scene was very popular and at least sixty variants survive.