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Dicing, Drabbing and Drinking Bring Man to Destruction, ca. 1640

  • oil paint, panel
  • 48.7 x 36.7 cm
  • Inv. 1907-D

Public Domain

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Adriaen van de Venne specialized in literary subjects. His monochrome paintings were known as grisailles, or ‘grauwtjes’. He clarified the moralistic theme of this painting by inscribing the title in a scroll. ‘Quaet-slagh’ refers to fighting off a robber, or a person of dubious merit. The left-hand side is dominated by the exuberant joy of the dancing duo. To the right, everyone comes to blows. Each one of the sinister, wild characters has a creepy, mask-like countenance. For their contemporary audience, such folk scenes were undoubtedly a reference to human vices.


Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne RKD
Delft 1589 - The Hague 1662
painters (artists)AAT

Title Dicing, Drabbing and Drinking Bring Man to Destruction
Date ca. 1640
Period 17th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: AD: v: Venne [“AD” connected]
inscription bottom left on a banderole: Quaet-slagh.
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1907-D
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1907-D
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/448/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300139140 genre pictures AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25F3 birds Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
33B9 flight, running away; pursuing Iconclass
41D263 walking-stick, staff, cane Iconclass
44G37 public punishment (death not intended or involved) Iconclass
46A1 social stratification, social groups Iconclass
46A151 beggar Iconclass
59BB(+6) Social Position (opposing concepts) (+ situation or event (especially in genre-painting) with symbolical connotation) Iconclass
86 proverbs, sayings, etc. Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 135)
Een middelburgse Breughel-groep VII Adriaen Pietersz. Van de Venne, schilder een teyckenaer / Laurens Johannes Bol. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 63, nr. 1, p. 141)
Adriaen Pieterz. Van de Venne (1589-1662) : Grisailles met spreukbanden / Annelies Plokker. - Leuven : Acco, 1984 (jg. 6, p. 199)
Schilderijen : Echt, vals, fraude ; Moderne onderzoekingsmethoden van de schilderijen-expertise / Roger Hendrik Marijnissen. - Brussel : Elsevier, 1985 (p. 95)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 160-161 (ill.))
De kunst van het lachen : Humor in de Gouden Eeuw (tentoonstelling Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, 11.11.2017 - 18.03.2018) / Anna Tummers, Elmer Kolfin, Jasper Hillegers, Angela Jager, Noël Schiller, Eric Jan Sluijter, Mariët Westermann. - Haarlem : Frans Hals Museum, 2017 ; Zwolle : Waanders Uitgevers, 2017 (p. 144-145)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
De omgekeerde wereld van Adriaen van de Venne (tentoonstelling Middelburg, Zeeuws Museum, 30.09.2023-21.04.2024) / Rudy Jos Beerens, Yvonne Bleyerveld, Edwin Buijsen. - Zwolle : Waanders, 2023 (p.66)
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