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The Five Senses, c. 1580-1590

Antoon Claeissins, Attributed to
Flemish, 1536 - 1613
oil on oak, transferred to canvas
31.4 x 36.5 cm
Purchased 1912
National Gallery of Canada (no. 363)

The five women personify the senses: from left to right, Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell and Hearing. The unknown artist took the figures from prints after Marten de Vos, setting them in a landscape of his own design.

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