CODDE, Pieter
(b. 1599, Amsterdam, d. 1678, Amsterdam)

Art-lovers in a Painter's Studio

c. 1630
Oil on panel, 38 x 49 cm
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

The subject of this painting refers to the practice of art connoisseurs visiting artists in their studio. The object of such visits was not to buy a work from the artist but to discuss art with him and with like-minded devotees. This is the subject of Codde's painting depicting three elegantly-clad gentlemen who appear to be well-acquainted with this particular studio.