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The Game of 'Lady, come into the Garden'

late 1660s

Oil on panel | 63.5 x 49.5 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405343

We don’t know the rules of this game, apparently played by the fashionable youth of seventeenth-century Dordrecht. Presumably the players shed a garment every time they fail in some humorous task. The defrocked victim is a self-portrait; the figure behind him is a portrait of his sister, summoning her next target. Parlour games in art are usually metaphors for love – in this case conveying the idea that, in love, men should learn to lose gracefully.

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