HALS, Dirck
(b. 1591, Haarlem, d. 1656, Haarlem)

Music-Making Company on a Terrace

c. 1620
Oil on panel, 53 x 84 cm
Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem

The painting depicts people at a garden party. In the background a fountain with Bacchus can be seen. Dirck Hals, brother of Frans Hals, often used this theme. Subjects and setting varied, but the message remained the same: warning against lightheartedness and an encouragement of modesty.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 13 minutes):
Arcangelo Corelli: Sonata in D minor (La Follia) op. 5 No. 12