Artist: Gerard ter Borch the Younger (Dutch, Zwolle 1617–1681 Deventer)
Date: ca. 1658
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 14 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (36.8 x 32.4 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.617
Ter Borch was an astute observer of social behavior as well as the physical environment. In this intimate courtship scene, fine fabrics, silver objects, wood, paper, light, and shadows all reveal their distinctive qualities. The woman strums a theorbo and the man appears to sing, a duet that resonates with the heartstrings. The watch quietly recommends temperance.