rijksmuseum-art: Merry Company by Isaac Elias…

rijksmuseum-art:

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.

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/SK-A-1754