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A Girl at the Window

SCHALCKEN, Godfried (1643 - 1700)

A Girl at the Window

Media: oil on board

Size: 32.2 x 26.8 cm

Acquired: 1921; Transfer; Turner House

Accession Number: NMW A 35

Dramatically illuminated by the light of a candle, a girl holds open the shutter of her window. Her clothes are in disarray, her unlaced dress revealing a provocative glimpse of her breasts. The motif of a woman at a window is often interpreted as being a prostitute luring late-night lovers from the street. Schalcken was one of Dordrecht’s most popular painters. A portrait painter and specialist in scenes lit by candlelight, Schalcken lived mainly in Dordrecht, though he spent 1692-97 in England. He achieved international fame with his nocturnal candlelit scenes.

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