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Dirck Van Delen - A scene of gallantry in a palace
David Teniers the Younger - Smokers
Jan Steen - The Little Alms Collector
 Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain - Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella
Petrus Paulus Rubens - The Abduction of Proserpina
Adriaen Van Ostade - The Analysis
Jacob Jordaens - Diana Resting
 Rembrandt - Self-portrait in Oriental Attire
Meindert Hobbema - The Water Mills
Nicolas de Largillierre - Red-legged partridge in a niche
Henri Mauperché - Composite Landscape
Frans Van Mieris, known as Mieris the Elder - The interrupted song
Nicolas Poussin - The Massacre of the Innocents
Abraham de Vries - Portrait of a man

A scene of gallantry in a palace

Van Delen
Heudsen, 1604/1605 - Arnemuiden, 1671
Circa 1636
Oil on wooden panel
30,5 x 34,5 cm

This painting fits comfortably into the tradition of 17th century Dutch architectural painting representing the fantastical interiors of fine palaces, a genre which Van Delen made his own.

However, the apparent simplicity of this scene is purely superficial. The size of the two large pillars which taper towards the top is implausible. The way in which the different spaces fit together with the suggestion that other unknown spaces exist conveyed by details such as the open door on the extreme left and emphasized by the interplay of light and shade is extremely complex.

The cracks in the upper part of the central column are perhaps simply designed to demonstrate the artist’s virtuosity, but are more probably intended to give the scene the appearance of a vanitas. The rather unsculptural pose of the triton and siren holding the cartouche are also of note.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00898
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 26
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