The charm of this 16th century painting, composed by Lucas Cranach the Elder and executed by his son Lucas Cranach the Younger (click on painting to enlarge) lies not only in its wickedly playful theme – elderly ladies, regaining their youthful vigor, getting dressed up and heading off to cavort with some equally youthful and vigorous gentlemen – but also in its incredible attention to detail.
Here’s a visitor to the Fountain on arrival:-
And on exit, having regained her
puppy fat youthful plumpness and firmness:-
After choosing some new clothes (more on the fashions worn in the painting here), a little light exercise:-
And then a meal, with further pleasures doubtless to come later:-
If you’re ever lucky enough to be in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, do take a look at the painting yourself; in the meantime, this you tube video by Meesterschilders is the next best thing:-
Amazing digital archive of Cranach paintings here.
You can read more about the concept of the Fountain of Youth (a very popular meme in the sixteenth century) here.