Rotterdam c. 1603 - 1637 Rotterdam
(staffage by Anthonie Palamedesz)
Panel, 51.7 x 65.5 cm
Signed: I.v.Vucht (on base of second column from left)
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
Rich and poor and young and old mingle in this palace interior, showing it to have been a popular meeting place. Genteel burghers converse among themselves and stroll amid the columns; on the far left a shabbily dressed couple stand talking. An invalid makes his way with some difficulty, while on the right a beggar extends a hand.
A warm, evenly dispersed glow fills the immense space, revealing various architectural features to excellent advantage. The harmonious colours have been meticulously chosen. The gentle red of the numerous marble columns contrasts wonderfully with the cream of the walls and enhances the coherence of the work. Red is also an element that connects the different figures.
A succession of vaulted ceilings, interspersed with square open spaces leads the eye into the recesses of the building. The geometrical pattern of the tiled floor also helps create a realistic three-dimensional impression, while the spatial quality of the painting is emphasised by the glimpse into the distance on the right.
Paintings by Jan van Vught can be seen at museums in Rotterdam and Schwerin.