Woman with Wine Glass, Gerard ter Borch the Younger
Gerard ter Borch the Younger
Woman with Wine Glass
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Gerard ter Borch the Younger

Woman with Wine Glass, ca. 1656 – 1657


Dimensions
37.5 x 28.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on Canvas
Inventory Number
1055
Acquisition
Acquired in 1869
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

The sheet of writing paper and writing utensils on the desk suggest that this young woman wishes to put something down on paper. But what? She seems uncertain about the subject matter, and so she takes a sip of wine, the wine jug still in her left hand. In Ter Borch’s time, drinking alcohol was considered a sign of loose moral conduct, especially for women. It is therefore certainly no coincidence that an ornate bed decorated with a canopy and curtains appears in the background. In fact, the painter’s sister, a poet, recommended wine as an effective remedy for love’s disappointments! It would therefore be conceivable that the young woman is about to formulate a response to a lover, and that she would like to take a sip of courage first. Her inkwell and quill are ready and waiting.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Woman with Wine Glass
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on Canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert unten rechts am Tisch: GT (ligiert)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1869

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure
  • 41C7111(+1) glass of wine (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
Secondary
  • 41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase
  • 49L5 writing tools
  • 46E221 letter, envelope
  • 41A7612 bed with tester

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Last update

02.07.2020