A bit of anti-Catholic satire by Cornelis Corneliszoon van Haarlem, 1591. The expression of the nun is a bit similar to the second Penitent Magdalene by Titian. It is ironic that pictures of saints with such an expression would become more common a few decades later, Teresa of Ávila especially, who was canonized 1622. It is as if reality were imitating satire here. The monk however looks strangely indifferent, more like a doctor conducting a breast exam than a libertine.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: