BRAMER, Leonaert
(b. 1596, Delft, d. 1674, Delft)

The Curious Ones

Bush and gray ink, gray and brown washes on light brown paper, 391 x 560 mm
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

This drawing (on five pieces of paper joined) represents six people gathered before a house in the classicising style of the mid-seventeenth century. The man on the left points out an oversized keyhole to the provocatively attired woman next to him. A similarly dressed woman and a man in fashionable clothing spy through the aperture, which is an actual hole in the centre of the paper.

This drawing, together with another of the same dimensions in the Düsseldorf museum, may be a design for the exterior of a perspective box, an object flourished in Holland during the 1650s and 1660s.