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Judith Leyster, Man Offering Money to a Young Woman, 1631

This painting is by one of the few women painters of the seventeenth century: Judith Leyster.

By the light of an oil lamp, a young woman is bowed over her needlework, with her feet on a foot warmer. A man is trying to attract her attention with a handful of coins – he wants to buy her love. But the woman does not respond to his offer, and works on undisturbed. She is a model of virtuousness.

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