Touch
This painting is part of the group: The Five Senses

The sitter is unidentified. He is shown letting blood from his arm. He is a personification of the sense of Touch.

One of a series of the 'Five Senses', by Coques, in the Collection; 'Sight', 'Hearing', 'Smell', the fifth, 'Taste', is probably a copy. The series was painted before 1661 when 'Sight' was engraved. The costumes suggest a date of about 1655-60.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1614/18 - 1684
Full title
Touch
Group
Date made
before 1661
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
25.1 x 19.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1116
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Five Senses

Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Sight (Portrait of Robert van den Hoecke)'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Hearing'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Smell (Portrait of Lucas Fayd'herbe)'
Painting
After Gonzales Coques
after 1661
After Gonzales Coques: 'Taste'