Wine is a Mocker

Wine is a Mocker is an oil on canvas painting by the Dutch artist Jan Steen, created in 1663-1664, now in the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, California.[1] Its title is drawn from a biblical proverb.[2]

Wine is a Mocker
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ArtistJan Steen
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions87.3 cm × 104.8 cm (34.4 in × 41.3 in)
LocationNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena

The proverb reads:"Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise". The canvas depicts a scene outside an inn where a well-dressed drunken woman is about to be carried home in a wheelbarrow. It illustrates the point that no one, of whatever status, is immune from the unedifying effects of strong drink. Steen, who ran a tavern himself, would be well acquainted with such debauchery.


  1. ^ "Catalogue entry".
  2. ^ Proverbs 20:1