Roeland van Laer?, De Bentvueghels en hun lofzang op Venus en Bacchus, 1626

Love and drinking are very important to the Bentvueghels. Hence this ode to Venus (the woman at the top of the pyramid), and Bacchus fit well in their repertoire.

The group also has its own songs. The text under the music score on the wall reads: ‘Chi nasc[e] matto nõ guarisce nõ gaurisce mai nõ guarisce m[ai]’. That is, ‘Who is born a fool is never cured’.

Roeland van Laer (?), detail. Collection Museo di Roma.