The Card Players
Oil on canvas, 152 x 206 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium
Theodor Rombouts spent a number of years in Italy, and was much influenced by Caravaggio's genre works. As far as the subject matter is concerned, his Card Players is a genre painting, depicting as it does a jolly scene from everyday life probably with a moralising undertone. The painting is large in format, realistic in conception and traditional in style, and its subject is portrayed in sober and monumental fashion.