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Frame by Frame

Spanning realms of awareness, the party goes on

SOUTH HADLEY - The excellent little museum at Mount Holyoke bought this Dutch painting by Hendrick Sorgh (1606/11-1670) just a few weeks ago. It went on display at the museum for the first time last week.

It shows, as the title helpfully explains, a bunch of peasants making merry in a barn. Some are playing cards. Others are looking on as they drink or smoke. One - really the hero of the picture, to my way of thinking - is falling asleep.

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