The Three Ages of Man

Artist: Dosso Dossi (Giovanni de Lutero) (Italian, Tramuschio ca. 1486–1541/42 Ferrara)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 44 in. (77.5 x 111.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.83


This painting is one of Dosso Dossi's finest surviving landscapes, a genre for which he was famous. The three ages of man are represented by two boys peeping behind a bush on the right, by two lovers on the left, and by two old men in the right background. Dosso’s wit is seen in the detail of the goats that appear to spy on the young lovers.