Beware of Luxury: Jan Steen

Jan Steen: Beware of Luxury

Beware of Luxury by Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Steen contains many figures, mostly personifying a certain moral laxity as a result of idleness or ‘luxury’. The 1663 picture centres on a seated young couple being warned against their lust. All of this in a room which is strewn with spilt food and other domestic items, signalling moral disorder.

Jan Steen’s Beware of Luxury is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria

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