A Music Party before a Village

The costumes recall those in fashion in the 1640s and 1650s, and this painting may have been executed at about that time.

The painting includes a view of a formal garden, with its geometric plantings, before which a group is being entertained in a manner that anticipates the 18th-century 'fête galante', or 'courtship party' genre of Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 - 1721).

Key facts

Artist dates
1564 - 1634/5
Full title
A Music Party before a Village
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
142.7 x 182.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery