Death playing the Fiddle to an elderly Gentleman, probably an Allegory of Avarice

Oil on Panel
Signed with Monogram: "FF"
7 5/8 x 5 7/8 inches (19.4 x 15 cms)
Essay: 

The reverse of the painting is stamped with the mark of panelmaker Lambrecht Steens.

A subject repeated many times during his career by Francken the background scene is unique amongst this group of paintings and suggests that this is more than just a studio version of a popular composition.

The subject matter warns the spectator against Covetousness or Avarice as one of the Seven Deadly Sins. We can be under no allusion as to what the result may be from Francken's vivid depiction of the grinning and expectant figure of Death as a skeleton whose left foot is deftly placed on an Hourglass. A further timely reminder of the perils of financial greed.