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An Interior with a Man offering an Oyster to a Woman

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Jan STEEN , 1626 - 1679

An Interior with a Man offering an Oyster to a Woman


Date: probably 1660-5
Medium: Oil on oak
Dimensions: 38.1 x 31.5 cm
Acquisition credit: Salting Bequest, 1910

In the 17th century oysters (traditionally a symbol of lust) were thought to be an aphrodisiac and the man's offer can be interpreted as a sexual advance. There are several discarded oyster shells scattered around the woman's chair, perhaps an allusion to her occupation as a prostitute. In the right background is an engraved view of Antwerp.

The picture was probably painted in the early 1660s. A signed variant is known (Oslo, Museum), and another is said to have existed.

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