An amazing pair of works, and story. They were completed in the late 1600s. The male portrait had been part of the Ringling collection for some time, and the female portrait was purchased in 1981. It's clear they were made as a pair, as the landscape unites the two images. The works may have been commissioned for the couple. The man is holding a spear, which could be a metaphor for the pursuit of love. The woman is holding a flower, which could be a symbol of love, beauty, etc.