The Card Players, Michael Sweerts, c. 1646 - c. 1652

The Card Players, Michael Sweerts, c. 1646 - c. 1652

oil on canvas, h 71cm × w 74cm × d 6.1cm More details

This card game is interrupted by a brawl that has erupted. The players’ gazes and the outstretched arm of the man in front direct our attention to the right. The painting may symbolize idleness as a counterpart to Sweerts’ genre scenes of industrious artists from the same period. One person, however, is hard at ‘work’: a sly young pickpocket takes advantage of the chaos to rob the man in blue.

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