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Jan Weenix: 'An Italian Courtyard'
Two lovers are seated on steps in front of a tavern. The woman dips a biscuit into the wineglass held by her partner. The couple are attended by a black servant. There are more drinkers seated behind them. Beyond is the portico of a 'palazzo', with a terrace in front of it, upon which is a statue inspired by Michelangelo's 'Slave' (Paris, Louvre).

This picture was probably painted in the early 1660s when the painter was collaborating closely with his father, Jan Baptist Weenix, who devised this type of Italianate genre scene.

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