A Man and a Woman seated by a Virginal

The painting is probably a relatively early work, from the mid-1660s, when Metsu had moved from Leiden to Amsterdam.

On the rear wall of the room hangs a painting of a Twelfth Night Feast partially concealed by a curtain. It is based on a painting of this subject by Metsu himself now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. There is also a landscape in the style of Jacob van Ruisdael. Inscriptions from the Psalms decorate the virginal, which appears in other works by Metsu.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1629 - 1667
Full title
A Man and a Woman seated by a Virginal
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
38.4 x 32.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG839
Location in Gallery