Interior with a Company, Bartholomeus van Bassen, Esaias van de Velde, 1622 - 1624
Van Bassen painted the interior, and his colleague Van de Velde the figures. The composition represents an elegant company in a grand, stylish residence with paintings on the walls, decorated cabinets, a monumental chimneypiece and an elaborate wooden coffered ceiling. The decorations were inspired by designs by the architect Hans Vredeman de Vries. This interior never actually existed – it is an idealized image.