Frans Hals / Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart") / 1623Frans Hals
Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart")

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Creator Name: Hals, Frans
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, born after 1580, died 1666
Creator Name-CRT: Frans Hals
Title: Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart")
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Creation Start Date: 1623
Creation End Date: 1623
Creation Date: 1623
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 41 1/2 x 31 1/4 in. (105.4 x 79.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 14.40.602
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

The traditional title dates from the eighteenth century and is based upon a mistaken identification with Pieter Ramp, who appears in a group portrait of about 1627 by Hals. The figures here are a young man and his new acquaintance at the doorway of an inn. The dog suggests not fidelity but spontaneous affection. This canvas, Hals's only known dated genre scene, recalls earlier Netherlandish images of the Prodigal Son but is probably not intended as a representation of the biblical parable. Hals, his brother Dirck (1591-1656), and other Haarlem artists treated the theme of frivolous youth in remarkably various ways.

AMICA ID: MMA_.14.40.602
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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