Gerard ter Borch was an astute observer of social behavior as well as the physical environment. In this intimate courtship scene, fine fabrics, silver objects, wood, paper, light, and shadows all reveal their distinctive qualities. The woman strums a theorbo and the man appears to sing, a duet that resonates with the heartstrings. The watch quietly recommends temperance.
Featured Artwork of the Day: Gerard ter Borch the Younger (Dutch, Zwolle 1617–1681 Deventer) | A Woman Playing the Theorbo-Lute and a Cavalier | ca. 1658 https://met.org/2sV9NfY
“Boy, look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?”