Adriaen van Ostade, a Dutch artist hailing from Haarlem, created an etching known as “The Family” in the year 1647. This piece of art is crafted with ink on ivory laid paper and is recognized for its historical significance in the realm of prints. The etching is part of a collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Artthat showcases works from the Low Countries during the period of 1600 to 1800
“The Family,” also referred to by its alternate title “Peasant family in a Cottage,” is believed to be one of Van Ostade’s early ventures into the medium of etching. The artwork is a testament to the artist’s skill and his contributions to the genre of genre painting in Northern Europe. It is a detailed representation of domestic life, capturing the essence of the era with remarkable finesse.
This etching measures 17.4 x 15.4 cm. It was generously donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Theodore De Witt in 1923 and is cataloged with the accession number 23.65.30. Although currently not on view, “The Family” holds a place of importance in The Met’s collection, which began with a substantial gift of 670 works in 1880 and has since grown to become one of the most comprehensive and distinguished collections of drawings and prints in the world.