Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart by Franz Hals

Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart by Franz Hals

Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Oil on canvas
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

“Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart” depicts a couple in a tavern, he is raising a glass with a smile while a dog is resting its head in his left hand. A half-opened curtain reveals another room. It is the only surviving Hals’ artwork that Is dated with an inscription on the canvas. The title was given to the piece in the 18th century with Yonker meaning young gentleman, however, the woman is more likely to have been a prostitute than his lover. The subject of long debates among art historians, the meaning of the painting is suggested to be a moral message on the perils of excess, as was common in genre pieces of the time. However, whatever the meaning behind the portrait it offers the viewer of today a peek into everyday life in 17th-century Haarlem

Franz Hals
Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Born: 1582/83, Antwerp, Flanders
Nationality: Dutch
Died: 26 August 1666, Haarlem, Dutch Republic

Franz Hals 1582/3-1666

Hals was a painter of the Dutch Golden Age. Particularly known for his portraiture, he lived and worked in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Hals played a vital role in the evolution of 17th-century group portraiture and his known for his loose brushwork

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