The subject of children making music celebrates the carefree pleasures of youth. The boy on the left is playing a violin, and the one on the right a 'rommelpot' (rumbling pot). The girl, who is wearing a soldier's gorget, beats an accompaniment with spoons on a helmet. This painting recalls representations of children made by Molenaer’s wife, Judith Leyster. However, here the artist’s technique is less broad and more precise.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1610 - 1668
Full title
Two Boys and a Girl making Music
Date made
1629
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
68.3 x 84.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by C.F. Leach, 1943
Inventory number
NG5416
Location in Gallery