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This painting shows a family group seated around a table that is laid for a meal. The family are at prayer, and sit around a long refectory table draped with a damask tablecloth. This painting is an early example of the Christian family portrait, a very frequent theme in the painting of the Low Countries in this period. It is thought that the family was probably Catholic because the Imperial Habsburg escutcheon is woven into the damask tablecloth.
oil on panel
96.5 x 142 cm
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW EnglandView venue
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