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Gerard ter Borch, Woman Sewing beside a Cradle, c. 1656

The lady of the house is absorbed in the delicate needlework in her lap. She rests her hands on a dark blue sewing cushion and wears a thimble on her finger. The servant girl in the background is busy with her own chores, while the baby lies sleeping in the covered cradle.

Ter Borch painted lots of genre paintings like this, in which figures quietly and diligently go about their daily tasks.

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