About The Quack

In this large panel Dou depicts a quack at the annual fair in front of Leiden's city gate. On the table is a monkey, which symbolises that the quack is 'making a monkey' of his audience. The painting is a warning against being fooled by charlatans. The artist can be seen leaning out of the window behind the quack.


  • Title: The Quack
  • Creator: Gerard Dou
  • Date: 1652 - 1652
  • Date Created: 1652
  • Physical Dimensions: w83.5 x h112.5 cm (Without Frame)
  • Painter: Gerard Dou
  • Original Title: De kwakzalver
  • Artist Information: Gerard Dou studied with Rembrandt between 1628 and 1631/2. When Rembrandt left Leiden in 1631/32, Dou stayed behind and continued to live and work there. He mainly painted small and very refined scenes from daily life. He was one of the founders of the Leiden school of painting. In his time, he was one of the best paid artists, and in later times too his work remained popular.
  • Provenance: Lent by Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1939
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on Panel

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