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Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson
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Interior of a Tavern, with Cardplayers and a Violin Player

RCIN 405825

This scene catalogues the customary vices – idleness, drunkenness and lechery – with Steen’s customary and infectious enthusiasm; he himself appears laughing near the fire. Steen’s comedy is supported by extraordinary realism and subtle humanity, both qualities seen in the head of the servant girl at the centre of the composition. Acquired by George IV in 1818 Cat. 24

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