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A Music Party before a Village
Style of Joos de Momper the Younger

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 Style of Joos de Momper the Younger
Artist dates 1564 - 1634/5
Full title A Music Party before a Village
Date made 1640-60
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 142.7 x 182.3 cm
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG1017
Location in Gallery Not on display
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