Painters Paintings Jan Steen (c. 1626 – 1679): The Drawing Lesson, about 1665, Oil on panel, 49.2 x…
Painters Work Jan Steen (c. 1626 – 1679): The Drawing Lesson, about 1665, Oil on panel, 49.2 x 41.2 cm (19 3/eight x 16 1/four in.), The J. Paul Getty Museum
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On this allegory of the standing of the artist and the character of his occupation, a male artist instructs two pupils: a younger boy and a fashionably dressed younger lady. A plaster forged of a sculpture of a nude male appears to be the article of the day’s train in how to attract, however the studio is stuffed with many different props and supplies. On the desk are pens, brushes, charcoal pencils, and a woodcut depicting the pinnacle of an previous man. A number of plaster casts dangle from a shelf that helps a sculpture of an ox, the image of Saint Luke, the patron saint of painters. A plaster putto is suspended from the ceiling in entrance of a tapestry, which is draped to disclose an easel with a portray and a violin held on the wall. Within the foreground a stretched canvas leans on a chest heaped with a sure album and a carpet. Objects associated to the standard theme of vanitas (self-importance), a frequent topic of Dutch nonetheless lifes, are piled within the decrease proper nook. These things–a laurel wreath, a cranium, wine, a fur muff, a guide, a lute, and a pipe–remind viewers of the brevity of life and fame.