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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1642 - 1719
Full title
An Italian Courtyard
Date made
probably 1660-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
84.5 x 68.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Gifford-Scott, 1980
Inventory number
Location in Gallery