Women of the Mauritshuis
You may have noticed when you look at the labels next to paintings that there is often no information about the people portrayed in them. This was also the case here. You got information about what it was painted on (copper), what effect that had (a very detailed painting), the symbolism of the swan pie (love), but who is that woman? She is in fact artist Anna Brueghel, daughter of master painter Jan Brueghel the Elder. She was married to David Teniers, who painted this scene. Not a single one of her paintings has survived, but her wealth and family connections helped Teniers make his breakthrough as an artist. Anna Brueghel often modelled for Teniers’ paintings, usually with their son David, who stands beside her here, holding the plate of peeled apples.