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Merrymakers in an Inn
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Merrymakers in an Inn

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Description This party of fashionably dressed young people is interrupted by intruders with masks and a lighted torch suggesting that these revels take place during Carnival. Well-bred young ladies did not join parties in public inns; these smiling women are prostitutes. Women forced by poverty into prostitution had to rent such garments, as they themselves were rented. The lap dog gnawing a bone adds a crude but amusing counterpoint to the apparent elegance of the scene.
Date Description Narrative
4/14/1976Examinationexamined for catalogue
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Artful Dining: The Exhibition. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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1630-1639 (Baroque)
oil on copper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 17 13/16 x W: 26 7/16 in. (45.2 x 67.2 cm)


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