What a great representation of a school classroom! Jan Steen’s (1626 – 1679) A School Class with a Sleeping Schoolmaster is the highlight of Sotheby’s Old Master painting sale in Amsterdam on May 10th, 2011. Painted in 1672, Steen humorously depicts a class-room scene, where everything is in disarray. The whole painting is taken up with children getting up to mischief by taking full advantage of the sleeping headmaster. What makes this a great painting in my view, is that even in this day and age it can still captivate a 21st century audience just as no doubt it did with viewers in the 17th century.
Jan Steen’s A School Class with a Sleeping Schoolmaster is estimated to fetch between 300,000 – 400,000 Euros on Tuesday, 10th May, 2011 at Sotheby’s Amsterdam.
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