The Sense of Smell (from a series of the Five Senses)

Adriaen van Ostade

Adriaen van Ostade - The Sense of Smell (from a series of the Five Senses)
Series of the Five Senses were among the most popular subjects of Netherlandish genre painting. Ostade treated the theme several times. On the Prague panels single peasant figures act in an outdoor scene with meaningful activities as representatives for one sense, assisted by a dog. A barker beating a pan and a man holding a beer mug and pipe stand for Hearing and Taste respectively. A peasant searching a coin in his pocket represents the Touch, while a man who has just left the outhouse illustrates the Smell. A fifth panel depicting the sense of Sight is apparently lost.
date:
measurements: height 15,1 cm
width 10,8 cm
material: paper mounted on an oak panel
technique: oil
inscription:
inventory number: O 158
gallery collection: Collection of Old Masters