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At the left of this small landscape, a group of maidens make music under an arbor of flowers. In an enclosed area to the right, two women sit on a net used for catching finches. From all sides, youths spy on the women, perching in trees or hiding behind bushes or tree trunks. One bold voyeur clings to the top of the arbor, peering down at the women below. Another, entangled in a net, is apprehended by a soberly dressed woman, while two jesters above have fallen out of the trees.

This light-hearted painting by Adriaen van de Venne was part of a series of four landscapes representing the seasons. This painting, thought to represent spring, and its companion, A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace (A Ball Game Before a Country Palace), both include imagery relating to love.

Details

  • Title: Merry Company in an Arbor (Front)
  • Creator: Adriaen van de Venne
  • Date Created: 1615
  • Physical Dimensions: 16.4 × 23 cm (6 7/16 × 9 1/16 in.)
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Oil on panel
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.PB.364.1
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Adriaen van de Venne (Dutch, 1589 - 1662)
  • Classification: Paintings (Visual Works)

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