Two boys are sitting in a dark room playing draughts, while a few others look on. The boys are dressed in the latest Italian fashion and evidently belong to the upper class.
Michael Sweerts came from Brussels, but made this painting in Rome, where he lived for some time. Many of his paintings have a mysterious atmosphere, created by the contrasts between light and dark, and often by the unclear situations he painted.
oil on canvas
48.6 x 38.1 cm.
Loan Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000