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Jan Steen, Family Concert, Chicago Art Institute

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Jan Steen, Family Concert, Chicago Art Institute
The child playing a viol with a pipe may play mischievously on the Dutch proverb, "As the old sing, so pipe the young" This detail also subverts the noble art of music with the base implement of smoking, a pastime associated with pleasure and drunkenness in Dutch sermons and moral emblems.
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