Masterpieces of the Golden Age

Jan Steen's idlers


Artist Jan Steen
Title The idlers
Year c.1660
Technique Oil on panel
Current location State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Jan Steen

Jan Steen(1626-1679) is well-known for his paintings of cheerful groups in chaotic environments. Especially interesting are his, usually not very flattering, self-portraits. He could not make a living by painting alone, and also ran a tavern in his home. This tavern is the setting for several of his paintings.

The idlers

The idlers

The idlers is on permanent display in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.