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Steen - The Dissolute Household N070586

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " The Dissolute Household" by Jan STEEN (1625-79). WM 1514-1948

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The Dissolute Household

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(N070586) by Jan Steen at Apsley House, London This painting by the Dutch artist Jan Steen, titled "The Dissolute Household," is a masterpiece housed at Apsley House in London, an historic building now managed by Historic England. Painted in the mid-17th century, this work of art showcases Steen's unique ability to blend humor, social commentary, and visual storytelling in a single composition. The painting depicts a chaotic household scene filled with mischief and indulgence. A drunken father lies on the floor, oblivious to the chaos around him. His wife, dressed in a richly embroidered gown, stands in the foreground, scolding her children as they play with a pig in the background. Servants struggle to maintain order amidst the pandemonium, while a cat and a dog add to the disorder. Steen's use of color and light adds to the lively atmosphere of the painting. The warm, rich tones of the clothing and the golden light filtering in from the windows create a sense of warmth and coziness, despite the chaos unfolding before our eyes. "The Dissolute Household" is a testament to Jan Steen's artistic genius and his ability to capture the human condition in all its complexity. It invites us to reflect on the joys and challenges of family life and the importance of maintaining order amidst the chaos. A true masterpiece, this painting continues to captivate and inspire visitors to Apsley House and beyond. Historic England is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of England, and Apsley House is just one of the many historic sites under its care. By sharing images of its treasures, such as "The Dissolute Household," Historic England brings the stories of the past to life for new generations to enjoy and learn from.

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