LINARD, Jacques
(b. ca. 1600, Paris, d. 1645, Paris)

The Five Senses

1638
Oil on canvas, 55 x 68 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg

In this still-life the Five Senses are represented in the form of objects. Hearing is clearly given a greater value than all the other senses. The open hymn-book with the words of thanksgiving 'Laudate dominum' forms a clear contrast to the reprehensible game of cards and the empty purse beside it - two objects representing the sense of touch.