Everyday life was a popular subject in the seventeenth century. Pictures of this kind are now called genre paintings. An expert in this type of painting was Jan Steen (1626–1679).
Jan Steen is one of the most popular painters of the Dutch Golden Age. His works are to be found in all the great museums of the world. Steen is known for his humorous depictions of dissolute households, amusements at an inn, quacks and lovesick young women. He painted countless proverbs, as well as interesting history pieces and even a number of highly original portraits.