Prayer Before the Meal

Jan Steen1660

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This serene painting of a family praying before beginning its meal is imbued with quiet spirituality. A stanza from Proverbs 30:7–9 inscribed on a placard hanging on the rear wall serves as the family’s creed: “Three things I desire and no more / Above all to love God the Father / Not to covet an abundance of riches / But to desire what the wisest prayed for / An honest life in this vale / In these three all is based.” [Click The Leiden Collection Online Catalogue Entry link below to continue reading.]

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  • Title: Prayer Before the Meal
  • Creator: Jan Steen
  • Date Created: 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: 54.3 x 46 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Image courtesy of The Leiden Collection, New York
  • External Link: The Leiden Collection Online Catalogue Entry
  • Medium: oil
  • Art Genre: Genre Scene
  • Art Form: painting
  • Support: oak panel