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Feast of Fools


An early-seventeenth century oil painting; most recently attributed to a follower of Frans Floris (also attributed to Abraham Eyk and Egbert Van Heemskerck [the latter must be incorrect as van Heemskerck was born in 1634]); oils on wooden panel; ten jesters in motley, some in cap and bells; central figure carrying a small animal, possibly a monkey; inscription on reverse in a carved gilt frame; two horizontal cracks, hole in centre top; chipped both top corners.

  • Measurements

  • Width

    435 mm

  • Height

    300 mm

  • Marks & inscriptions

    Curious painting of the time of Albert Durer, probably by Ab.Eyk, representing a Feast of Fools, or jesters, of several noble families,

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust