The Twelfth Night Feast

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ArtistThe Twelfth Night Feast_header_cell_0_1_0 Jan SteenThe Twelfth Night Feast_cell_0_1_1
YearThe Twelfth Night Feast_header_cell_0_2_0 1662The Twelfth Night Feast_cell_0_2_1
MediumThe Twelfth Night Feast_header_cell_0_3_0 Oil on canvasThe Twelfth Night Feast_cell_0_3_1
DimensionsThe Twelfth Night Feast_header_cell_0_4_0 131.1 cm × 164.5 cm (51.6 in × 64.8 in)The Twelfth Night Feast_cell_0_4_1
LocationThe Twelfth Night Feast_header_cell_0_5_0 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MassachusettsThe Twelfth Night Feast_cell_0_5_1

The Twelfth Night Feast is a relatively large 1662 oil painting by Jan Steen, now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which bought it in 1945. The Twelfth Night Feast_sentence_0

The picture depicts the Twelfth Night celebrations marking the end of the Christmas festivities and the beginning of Epiphany. The Twelfth Night Feast_sentence_1

It is the date when the Three Kings arrived at the stable in Bethlehem to pay homage to the newborn Jesus. The Twelfth Night Feast_sentence_2

Here Steen depicts in his typical style the indoor celebrations in a well-to-do Dutch household. The Twelfth Night Feast_sentence_3

Children are playing on the floor with three candles symbolic of the three kings, whilst at the table, between the carousing adults, another boy offers a youngster dressed as a king a bite of his festival waffle. The Twelfth Night Feast_sentence_4


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