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

Merry Company at Table

Oil on oak, 28 x 44 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Frans Hals gifted brother Dirck painted his indoor festivity with many musical instruments. The ribald nature of this image is indicated by the preponderance of men over women, a prerequisite for gang behaviour.