The happy family...

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum allows the free download of Dutch Masters, so I thought we'd end the year with one or two. This is Jan Steen's The Happy Family.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.


I love Dutch artists! Thank you for sharing this link!!

Okay, this is my new wallpaper on my home PC.

This looks like my house: The older kids are smoking their pipes and the dog did the pre-wash.

Thanks for the link!  I've set up an account, and now look forward to creating my own 3840x1080 wallpapers for my dual-monitor setup. Their hi-res reproductions of their collection will give me lots of subject matter to work with.

Maarten Levendig (from the Rijks Museum) thinks Steen is a moralist, whose painting criticizes rather than celebrates. 

"The paper on the mantelpiece says: 'Soo d'Oude Songen, Soo Pypen de Jonge' (As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young), meaning the adults’ behavior sets a bad example for their children." -- Maarten Levendig, Rijks Museum

But I see Steen also as a humorist. He's laughing at the tipsy adults who tolerate slacker children. The children "pipe" in three ways: with music, tobacco, and wine. (Notice the toddler nursed from the wine spout/pipe.)

If you search online for the proverb above, you can see other Dutch paintings associated with it.

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