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Backgammon Players

A work made of engraving on ivory paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory paper.

Date:

c. 1630

Artist:

Lucas Emil Vorsterman (Flemish, 1595-1675)
after Adam de Coster (Flemish, c.1586-1643)

About this artwork

Adam de Coster was a prominent painter of illuminated night scenes in Antwerp around 1630, about the same time that Lucas Emil Vorsterman was engraving works after his popular contemporaries in the same city. A student of Peter Paul Rubens, Vorsterman employed a style that was originally similar to that of the Flemish master, until a falling out with Rubens and subsequent trip to England provoked him to create stronger, more stylized, Caravaggesque engravings such as Backgammon Players. Clearly influenced by De Coster’s handling of light, Vorsterman brightened the otherwise dark scene with two candles whose flames illuminate the faces of those seated around the table.

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Artist

Lucas Emil Vorsterman

Title

Backgammon Players

Origin

Flanders

Date

1625–1635

Medium

Engraving on ivory paper

Dimensions

255 × 344 mm (image); 277 × 357 mm (sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bernard F. Rogers Collection

Reference Number

1935.146

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