rijksmuseum-art: Merry Company by Isaac Elias…


Merry Company by Isaac Elias, 1629, Museum of the Netherlands

The figures around the table allude to the Five Senses. The woman with the lapdog represents Smell; the man with the piece of paper is Sight; the singing couple are Touch; the red-coated man with the glass of wine is Taste; and the lute-player is Hearing. On the wall behind them hangs a painting of The Deluge. That is a warning: there is more to life than pure sensual pleasure.