Rembrandt & Jan Steen

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, 1632

Rembrandt (1606 - 1669) portrayed the surgeons in action, and they are all looking at different things. Dynamism is added to the scene by the great contrasts between light and dark. In this group portrait, the young painter displayed his legendary technique and his great talent for painting lifelike portraits.

Jan Steen, 'As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young', c. 1668 - 1670

Here, Steen(1626 - 1679)  has depicted the proverb ‘As the old sing, so pipe the young’, meaning that a bad example leads to bad conduct. The woman on the left with the open cleavage is having her glass topped up. On the right, the laughing father is teaching one of his children to smoke a pipe. This is Steen himself.

 

 

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