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12/05/2016 8:11 am  #1

Party Like it's 1662

Many scenes featuring peasants are set in inns. This low-life tavern scene features a cavernous space with peasants making music, fighting, eating, drinking, dancing, and cavorting. A contemporary document indicates that the painting was based on a comic poem by Gerbrand Adriaensz. Bredero and that the commission was offered as an exchange for an interest payment on the painter’s house. Such images, painted for the edification of the well-to-do, were meant to denounce the riotous carryings-on of the lower classes.

 Jan . Molenaer 1662

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

12/05/2016 1:48 pm  #2

Re: Party Like it's 1662


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