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Gonzales Coques: 'A Family Group'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

The identity of the family has not been established. The youngest child is being pushed along in a 'loopstoel'. The girl on the right plays an instrument which is probably a cittern. The older girl picks roses; because they are the flowers of Venus, the goddess of Love, this action may be a reference to her forthcoming marriage.

The landscape and trees in this work are possibly by another artist. The work is dated by comparison of the costumes with those in Coques's 'Verbiest Family' (London, Royal Collection), which is inscribed 1664.

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