Claude Déruet (French, Nancy, ca. 1588–1660 Nancy)
Oil on canvas; 20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66 cm)
Bequest of Harry G. Sperling (1976.100.6)
In 1619, after several years of study in Rome, Déruet returned to his native Nancy to become the principal painter and decorator to the dukes of Lorraine. He worked in a variety of genres and supervised a busy shop. The awkward but sprightly figures after the antique are typical.