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Maker(s):Saenredam, Jan; Goltzius, Hendrik, after
Culture:Dutch (1565-1607); Dutch (1558-1617)
Title:Evening, from the series, "The Four Times of Day"
Date Made:1594
Type:Print
Materials:Engraving
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:Mat: 20 in x 15 7/8 in; 50.8 cm x 40.3 cm; Mount: 8 5/8 in x 6 3/16 in; 21.9 cm x 15.7 cm; Image: 8 3/16 in x 5 13/16 in; 20.8 cm x 14.8 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1998.4.2
Credit Line:Purchase with the Warbeke Art Museum Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Dinner scene. Couple kissing on right

Label Text:
This engraving belongs to a series illustrating the four phases of the day—morning, afternoon, evening, and night. In this print—depicting evening—a family gathers around the dinner table, joined by a lute player in the far left, and a jester who pours their wine. Through the open window in the upper right we see an allegory of evening, including the Roman moon goddess, Luna, who looks down upon the happy scene from her celestial perch.

Saenredam, who studied with Goltzius and copied many of his subjects, is noted for the delicacy and intricacy of his engravings. In this print he crafts a traditional Dutch genre scene of the upper classes at leisure, but imbues it with the whimsy of classical myth.

-Kendra Weisbin, Associate Curator of Education, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan 2018)

Tags:
eating; couples; romances; drinking; interiors

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