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Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606 - 1684)

Interior of a Room with a young Man seated at a Table

A558; oil on panel; 60 x 82 cm

Signed and dated: johannis. De / Heem. Fecit / Anno.i628

Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.34

Meijer 2003, no. 36

The pose of the young man, the discarded books and other items suggest that the painting is intended to express the state of melancholy. The engraving on the wall is based on W.J. Delff's engraving of Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt's portrait of Christian of Brunswick, now at Hampton Court. The subject is exceptional for de Heem. This theme has obvious links with the vanitassubjects which he painted on occasion in the late 1620s. It may be a self-portrait.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum index.php/complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.