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Noordt, Jan van
The Satyr and the Peasant Family
Around 1650

Van Noordt depicts a scene from the ancient text of Aesop’s Fables. In the darkness, the satyr jumps from his seat in shock on learning that his host is able to blow both hot and cold from his mouth, warming his hands and cooling his soup. He thus delivers a humorous moral about avoiding deceptive people. The comic note is completed by the oblivious figure of the young girl in bright red in the foreground. Van Noordt studied under Jacob Adriaensz. Backer and followed his pursuit of Flemish style for the Amsterdam market.

 
Noordt, Jan van
Amsterdam, Netherlands around 1620–Amsterdam, Netherlands around 1675
The Satyr and the Peasant Family
Around 1650
Oil on canvas
78.6 x 95.1 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1984
27-016

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