Interior with Painter, Woman Reading and Maid Sweeping, Pieter Janssens
Pieter Janssens
Interior with Painter, Woman Reading and Maid Sweeping
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Pieter Janssens

Interior with Painter, Woman Reading and Maid Sweeping, ca. 1665 – 1670


Dimensions
82.0 x 99.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1129
Acquisition
Acquired in 1874
Status
On display

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About the Work

A quiet interior: a maid sweeps the floor while the lady of the house sits at a table, perhaps immersed in a songbook. Her elegantly dressed husband stands in the adjacent room, a palette in his right hand. The latter figure may be a self-portrait of the painter Pieter Janssens Elinga, who is known to have been left-handed. His chief concern in this work, however, was the interplay of light and shade, the reflections, perspectives and outlooks – even at the cost of a truthful depiction: geometrically laid marble floors were rare in bourgeois households in Holland.

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Title
Interior with Painter, Woman Reading and Maid Sweeping
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1874

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48C511 painter at work, in his studio
  • 46A12 nobility and patriciate; chivalry, knighthood
  • 31AA235(+2) sitting figure - AA - female human figure (+ back view)
  • 49N reading
  • 42F51 maid ~ house personnel
  • 42F314 sweeping (~ cleaning the house)
  • 41A22 communal rooms
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16.09.2019