A Seated Monkey, Jan Weenix, before 1685
Jan Weenix painted his animal pieces in a highly pragmatic fashion. For instance, once he had depicted this little monkey accurately from life, he could use the study over and over again. The Rijksmuseum owns two game still lifes clearly showing how he went about this: one is hanging next to this work. Weenix copied the monkey, as he did in many other paintings. This studio material allows us to follow his working method.