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Pictured is Frans Hals’ version of the hard-drinking and smoking, “Peeckelhaering” (Pickled Haring), a comic figure that entertained kids and adults at fairs. His merry tippling allowed him to get away with mocking and making fun of others’ weaknesses, like drinking and smoking too much — note the smokes on the table. (We’d call him a jester today.) Hals went on to paint several versions of this character, one of his favorite subjects.

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