Cornelis Troost

Singing Round the Star on Twelfth Night

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192 voorzijde
192 voorzijde

Cornelis Troost
Singing Round the Star on Twelfth Night

Not on view

Cornelis Troost was the leading Dutch painter of the eighteenth century. He had a theatrical background and painted narrative scenes filled with humorous details. Here we see a group of people going from house to house as they celebrate Epiphany, known in the Netherlands as Driekoningen (Three Kings). The revellers, who are dressed as the Three Magi of the Christmas story, sing traditional songs and carry a star-shaped lantern. Mothers have come out of their houses with their children to wonder at the gleaming light emanating from the star.

Troost often worked with gouache (opaque watercolour with gum arabic) and pastel (soft chalk), a technique that was particularly popular in the eighteenth century.

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Cornelis Troost
Singing Round the Star on Twelfth Night

Not on view

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General information
Cornelis Troost (Amsterdam 1696 - 1750 Amsterdam)
Singing Round the Star on Twelfth Night
pastel
192
Material and technical details
pastel, gouache
paper on panel
75.7 x 56.9 cm
Inscriptions
rechtsonder, op de trap: C. Troost
tweemaal
links, op een stuk papier: O starre je moet er soo / stille niet staan / [je] moet met [ons] / na[ar] Beth[lehem] gaan / Toen

Provenance

Jan Isaak de Neufville Brants (1768-1807), Amsterdam; his son, Jan Isaak de Neufville Brants (1800-1828); his sale, Amsterdam, 28 March 1829 (Lugt 11974), no. 7 (for 100 guilders [together with inv. no. 184] to Jeronimo de Vries for the Mauritshuis, together with inv. nos. 179-185, 191, 193); purchased, 1829