Curious banquet scene: on either side of a long table covered with an embroidered tablecloth, richly dressed figures, including a crowned king, observe a young couple dancing.
The central figure, turned towards the spectator and wearing a sort of green doge’s cap, seems not to appreciate the intimacy of the dancing couple…
To the left of the scene, a figure dressed in red, wearing a Turkish-style cap, a young woman playing the lyre, and a young boy bringing a kind of brazier.
Beautiful composition of the whole rendered dynamic by the different inclinations and gestures of the protagonists.
Maybe a scene from the Old Testament transposed to the Renaissance?
Oil on canvas framed in the 19th century, wear, restorations of usage.
Italy, Venice, 2nd half of the 16th century.
This painting is to be compared with “The parable of the rich and the poor”, and “The wedding of Cana” two works of Ludovico Pozzoserrato, also called Lodewyck Toeput (1550-1603).