The association between music and courtship, familiar in Dutch genre painting, is here underlined by the presence of the rose, a symbol of love, on the table. There is a painting in the background, the only visible part of which shows two bare legs.
Both the style and the costume suggest that the picture was painted in about 1665-70. Schalcken's early work was in the style of his teacher Gerrit Dou and this picture is closely based on Dou's domestic scenes.
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