CLAEISSENS, Antoon
(b. ca. 1538, Brugge, d. 1613, Brugge)

Banquet

1574
Oil on oak panel, 130 x 155 cm
Groeninge Museum, Bruges

In 1574, Antoon Claeissens painted a Banquet of the civil servants at Bruges Town Hall. The metaphorical basis of the painting is the biblical banquet of King Ahasuerus. The opulent, somewhat naive setting with the richly dressed figures in pseudo-Roman and Oriental fashions and the fresh still life of cake, fruit and wine make this painting one of the most charming produced in Claeissens' workshop.