Nicolaes Maes

The Old Lacemaker

1101 detail signatuur
1101 achterzijde
1101 ingelijst
1101 voorzijde
1101 voorzijde

Nicolaes Maes
The Old Lacemaker

1655 Em exibição em Sala 14

An old woman is sitting in a simple room, bowed over her handiwork. She is absorbed in lace making. In the seventeenth century, handiwork was seen as a feminine virtue and was symbolic of domestic diligence. So this painting shows how things were supposed to be: an industrious woman in a tidy home.

The small painting exudes an intimate, tranquil atmosphere. This is partly due to Nicolaes Maes’ use of subdued colours (brown, red, black and white) and the subtle lighting in the dark room.

Detalhes técnicos
1101 voorzijde

Nicolaes Maes
The Old Lacemaker

1655 Em exibição em Sala 14

Acquired with the support of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, Fonds 1818 and the Rembrandt Association, 1994
Para cima

Detalhes

Informações gerais
Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam)
The Old Lacemaker
1655
painting
1101
Sala 14
Material e detalhes técnicos
oil
panel
35.9 x 38.8 cm
Inscrições
rechtsonder, op de voet van de kantklostafel: N. MAES
MAE ineen

Origem

Edward Vernon Utterson, London; his sale, London, 26 May 1832 (Lugt 12996), no. 49 (as by Dirk Maes; for 35.3 pounds to Artis); Richard Artis, London; his sale, London, 23 April 1836 (Lugt 14317), no. 60 (for 69.6 pounds to Coleman); presumably Lord Northwick sale, London, 24 May 1838 (Lugt 15091), no. 9; Reverend W. Clowes, Manchester; by inheritance to H.A. Clowes, Norbury, Derbyshire; his sale, London (Christie’s), 17 February 1950, no. 40; Brod Gallery, London, 1950; Stanley S. Wulc, Rydal, Pennsylvania; his sale, London (Christie’s), 29 June 1973, no. 57; sale London (Christie’s), 18 April 1985, no. 14; Reggie Graham; Diethelm Doll, Bad Godesberg; sale London (Sotheby’s), 6 July 1994, no. 18; purchased with the support of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, Fonds 1818 and the Rembrandt Association, 1994