Monday, July 7, 2014

1600s The Dovecote

1654 Jan Steen (Dutch artist, 1626-1679) The Dovecote

This picture from the early career of Dutch artist Jan Steen (1626-1679) painted sometime around 1654, depicts a Dutch dovecoat with a landscape in the background. Two pigeon traps hang on the side. This stand-alone dovecote  presumably refers to the Dutch term "duiven op zolder houden" ("keep the pigeons in the attic"), which also means to "keep a brothel." Steen enjoyed ambiguous paintings, so perhaps the building on the left is a brothel, with a nearby beer drinker & a young woman being "courted" by an older man.  Of course, I like it; because it is a great painting of an early dovecote.