A Woman singing and a Man with a Cittern

The association between music and courtship, familiar in Dutch genre painting, is here underlined by the presence of the rose, a symbol of love, on the table. There is a painting in the background, the only visible part of which shows two bare legs.

Both the style and the costume suggest that the picture was painted in about 1665-70. Schalcken's early work was in the style of his teacher Gerrit Dou and this picture is closely based on Dou's domestic scenes.

Key facts

Artist dates
1643 - 1706
Full title
A Woman singing and a Man with a Cittern
Date made
about 1665-70
Medium and support
Oil on oak
26.6 x 20.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery