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An Elegant Company

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Pieter Codde (Dutch, 1599-1678)

About this artwork

A master of scenes of finely dressed revelers known as “merry companies,” Amsterdam painter Pieter Codde here demonstrated his sharp sense of composition. He animated a gathering of 18 guests and attendants through a complex network of gestures, glances, and poses, with a young woman dressed in luxurious silver satin at center. Such images of joyful gatherings, with participants acting in accordance with their privileged social station, would have functioned as models of polite behavior to cosmopolitan art collectors.


On View, Gallery 212


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Pieter Codde


An Elegant Company


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


Inscribed on music sheet along left edge: P. Codde 1632


58.8 × 92.7 cm (23 1/8 × 36 1/2 in.); Framed: 84.8 × 118.1 × 6.4 cm (33 3/8 × 46 1/2 × 2 1/2 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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