A Musical Party

The depiction of elegantly dressed people singing and playing music often refers to courtship and the harmony of love. The pleasures of music are set against those of food, wine and tobacco. With the exception of one portrait, van Velsen painted only genre scenes in the style of the earlier work of Anthonie Palamdesz. (1601 - 1673), who became a master in the Delft guild four years earlier than van Velsen. This painting was once falsely signed as the work of Palamedesz.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1597 - 1656
Full title
A Musical Party
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
40 x 55.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery