Changed with his wife - Quentin Masseyz. 71 x 68 cm
The story about the life of urban residents is presented in the picture of the Flemish painter Quentin Masseys "Changed with my wife". The head of the family, changed, is busy with his usual business: he is closely watching the balance of the scales, on which his own well-being directly depends. His young wife, turning the page of the prayer book, was distracted from the soulful reading and for a moment turned her gaze to the cups of scales, which attracted the attention of her husband. Her eyes read regret about the inconsistency of the real world with Christian values, the idea of which she takes from books and church services.
Concern for increasing the money changer’s income is opposed to the desire for spiritual contemplation of his wife. And in a small round mirror lying on the table and turned to the viewer, a pacified scene is reflected: a person sitting by the window is immersed in reading, and a church spire is visible in the window. This “picture in picture” illustrates the ideal lifestyle that the young money-changer sincerely aspires to, but she is torn off by constant pressing worries.