The sick woman, c. 1660
Jan Havicksz. Steen
About The sick woman
The theme of lovesickness was extremely popular in both painting and the theatre in the seventeenth century. Suppressed desire led to a vague syndrome known as ‘hysteria’. The satire is played out with the arrival of the doctor, in this case an old spinster with an enema syringe.
About Jan Havicksz. Steen
Jan Steen is known for his humorous depictions of the everyday life of farmers and the middle-classes in 17th-century Holland. He worked in The Hague, Haarlem, Delft, where he also rented a brewery, and Leiden where he ran an inn. His genre paintings as a rule had a strong moralistic meaning, some of them even examples of Old Dutch proverbs. People still talk of a 'household by Jan Steen' to refer to a messy and exuberant way of house-keeping.
The sick woman
Jan Havicksz. Steen, Leiden 1626 - Leiden 1679
This object is on view in room 28
h. 26.5 x w. 21.5 cm (met lijst) h. 37 x w. 31 x d. 6 cm
oil on panel
Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
- De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
- The Collection Enriched (2011)