Tag Archives: Jan Miense Molenaer

just before the dross

The Golden for gthe Dutch turned to dross. Jan de Witt and his brother met an inglorious end: Cornelius was thrown down the stairs of his prsion room and beaten with clubs and stabbed with pikes. Jan was beaten and … Continue reading

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open wide: by the skin of our wisdom teeth

The dentist. I remember hearing a recounting of how someone’s mother who lived in the boondocks of Northern Quebec had a tooth issue removed by attaching a  thin cord to the tooth in question and attaching said cord to a … Continue reading

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growing up absurd: disavowals of innocence

In Jan Miense Molenaer’s “The Smoker” from the 1620’s, viewers have an up-close regard on merrymakers, where children are inserted as metaphors for adult behavior. There is a capturing of the spirit of the figures through actions and facial expressions.The … Continue reading

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