Michael Sweerts

Draughts Players

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Michael Sweerts
Draughts Players

1652 On view in Room 2

Two boys are sitting in a dark room playing draughts, while a few others look on. The boys are dressed in the latest Italian fashion and evidently belong to the upper class.

Michael Sweerts came from Brussels, but made this painting in Rome, where he lived for some time. Many of his paintings have a mysterious atmosphere, created by the contrasts between light and dark, and often by the unclear situations he painted.

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General information
Michael Sweerts (Brussels 1618 - 1664 Goa)
Draughts Players
1652
painting
1121
Room 2
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
38.1 x 48.6 cm
Inscriptions
rechtsonder, op een gevouwen brief: Michael Sweerts / fecit añ 1652 / Roma

Provenance

John Everett Millais, England; his sale, London (Christie’s), 1 May 1897 (Lugt 55329), no. 99 (150 pounds); bequest of Cornelis Hoogendijk to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1912 (inv. no. SK-A-2574); on loan from the Rijksmuseum, since 2000