About this artwork

Typical of Van Delen’s views of palace courtyards, this painting contains a wealth of ornate architectural features. Such pictures were popular throughout Europe amongst the wealthy and educated elite. The complex perspective appealed to those who were intellectually versed in mathematical rules, and the array of architectural elements allowed the viewer to explore their knowledge of classical architecture. The grand interior also provided an element of escapism, a fantasy of a magnificent palace that looked real, but was in fact a desirable fiction. The sculpture of Venus and Cupid in the niche above the figures derives from a print by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael. Although the figures were once ascribed to David Teniers the Younger, they are now believed to be by Van Delen himself.

  • title:
    A Conversation in a Palace Courtyard
  • accession number:
    NG 111
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  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • date created:
    Dated 1644
  • measurements:
    54.00 x 47.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased by the RI 1830; transferred 1859
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Dirck van Delen

Dirck van Delen