16th century

Soldiers playing dice

  • Flanders
  • 16th century
  • Woven
  • Wool and silk
  • 8'8" x 10'1"
  • SOLD

Two soldiers play dice on drums. Their costume evokes the german mercenaries called landsknechte  they used to work everywhere in Europe including in France. One of them has taken in sword in hand meaning that the game might end in violence. 

The vegetation gives rythm to the composition : three fruit-trees divide the scene into three. Large flowers recall millefleurs  around the two figures. A town can be seen in the background.