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Allegory of the Five Senses, ca. 1632

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 207 x 288 cm
  • Inv. S-76

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Each man in this painting symbolizes one of the five senses. The old man with glasses and a mirror represents Sight. The chitarrone, a type of bass lute, stands for Sound. The blind man is symbolic of the sense of Touch. The jolly man with a glass of wine in his hand portrays Taste, and the elegant young man with a pipe and garlic, Smell. The garlic, wine, music and mirror refer to the fallacy of sensory perception and the transience of life. The Ghent bishop, Antoon Triest, who also owned several paintings by Dutch masters, ordered this canvas from Rombouts.

Artist

Theodoor Rombouts RKD
Antwerp 1597 - Antwerp 1637
painters (artists)AAT

Title Allegory of the Five Senses
Date ca. 1632
Period 17th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: THEODOOR ROMBOVTS F
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number S-76
Acquisition credit purchase
Saint-Georges
Ghent
1860
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/S-76
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/6855/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25D12(MARBLE) kinds of non-precious stone: marble Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G4(GARLIC) plants and herbs: garlic Iconclass
31A3 the (five) senses Iconclass
31A31 sight, looking (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A312 magnifying glass Iconclass
31A32 hearing, listening (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A33 smell, smelling (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A34 taste, tasting (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A35 feeling (one of the five senses) Iconclass
31A4111 blind, blindness Iconclass
31A511 mirror Iconclass
41A671 still life of plants, flowers and fruit Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41C317 wine-cooler Iconclass
41C326 jar, jug (used as drinking-vessel) Iconclass
41C621 bread, loaf Iconclass
41C653 fruit Iconclass
41C653(MELON) fruit (MELON) Iconclass
41C711 wine ~ alcoholic drinks Iconclass
41C7111 glass of wine Iconclass
41C74 tobacco Iconclass
41C741 pipe ~ tobacco Iconclass
41D(+43) fashion, clothing (+ fur used for clothes) Iconclass
41D221(FEATHERED HAT) head-gear (FEATHERED HAT) Iconclass
41D27 drapery, draped garment, 'Gewandgebung' Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture Iconclass
48C24(+32) piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture (+ sculpture) Iconclass
48C7 music Iconclass
48C7311 violin, fiddle Iconclass
48C732 string instruments (plucked) Iconclass
48C7321 lyre, cithara, psaltery Iconclass
48C735 wind instruments Iconclass
48C7351 flute, aulos, tibia Iconclass
48C73512 clarinet, bassoon, oboe, shawm Iconclass
48C741 printed edition of musical score Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Caravaggism AAT
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