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Soldier Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats) by Valentin de Boulogne Soldier Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats) by Valentin de Boulogne  
         

Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats) detail by Valentin de Boulogne
Valentin de Boulogne, Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats) (detail), c. 1620/1622, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons' Permanent Fund 1998.104.1

 

The accomplice: a nefarious figure leans forward from the back of the room to read the young man’s hand. He juts two fingers from beneath his cape, signaling the cards’ contents to his partner.



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