Highlights

Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637), Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards, c. 1620-30

Theodoor Rombouts, Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards, c. 1620-30.

Theodoor Rombouts, Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards, c. 1620-30. 150x241 cm
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In a tavern a card player has drawn a knife and is about to attack his victim, firmly grabbing his short hair.

The victim, a fellow player from the other side of the table, cries out and seeks to ward off the blow with an open hand. The light falls harshly onto this brawl from the left, accentuating the drama of the tense situation.

Inspiration

The card players, the half-figure composition, the realism, and the stark contrast between light and darkness (chiaroscuro) are all elements borrowed from the Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, whom Rombouts got to know during a prolonged stay in Italy.

The seven deadly sins

By making uncontrolled anger the main subject of the painting the Flemish painter draws on an ancient Dutch tradition for creating moralising depictions of the seven deadly sins. Wrath was one of them.


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Theodoor Rombouts - in the artist's view
The artist Husk Mit Navn tells about Theodoor Rombouts' painting: Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedesen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Husk Mit Navn


Theodoor Rombouts - in the conservator’s view
Our conservator Anne Haack Christensen tells about Theodoor Rombouts' painting: Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Producer: Martin Køhler Jørgensen
Contributory: Anne Haack Christensen


Theodoor Rombouts - in the researcher's view
Our senior researcher Eva de la Fuente Pedersen tells about Theodoor Rombouts painting: Card and Backgammon Players. Fight over Cards.

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Camera, Editing:
Martin Pedersen
Contributory: Eva de la Fuente Pedersen

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