The Money Changer & His Wife
Learn Early that Jesus & his Cross are the Answer to Life
In the painting above, The Money Changer and His Wife (1514), the details are stunning. It is a painting by Quinten Matsys. The wife is opening a book with the virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus. It is perhaps a devotional or illustrated bible. Also, the same wife is pictured in the scene looking toward the money in her husband’s hand. Additionally, there are scales in her husband’s hands with the money. On the wall, there is fruit on the upper left shelf and a snuffed-out candle on the lower right. These perhaps symbolize the fall where Adam and Eve took of the fruit and the world went dark. But there is in a small mirror a picture of the woman (the artist’s wife herself) at an apparently older age in life, looking out a window clinging to the Cross of Jesus. Evidently, she has learned that to face the scales of judgment she needs Jesus and his cross.