SWEERTS, Michiel
(b. 1618, Bruxelles, d. 1664, Goa)

Soldiers Playing Dice

c. 1655
Oil on canvas, 76 x 62 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

This scene is set outside on a dark night, so that the background appears barely sketched in. Against this background, two figures are illuminated by a focused light source. The foreground is painted in greyish-brown tones, against which, sharply and precisely drawn, the yellow riding coat and the red cape stand out as the real subjects of the painting.

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