Three Young White Men and a Black Woman
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "In this painting the history painter Van Couwenbergh illustrated an episode from an unidentified story. A white man sits at the foot of a bed holding a black woman on his lap. Both are naked. The woman looks frightened and is putting up a violent struggle. The man casts an amused glance at his companion on the left, who is naked but for a loincloth which he holds in place with one hand. He points at the woman and grins in our direction, as if sharing a joke with us. A third young man lifts his hands to the sky in surprise or dismay. He is a minor character, possibly a servant, and the only person who is fully dressed. A chamberpot stands on a triangular stool beside the bed." --Dutch Classicism in Seventeenth-Century by Albert Blankert.
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