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Nicolaes Maes Dutch, 1634
oil on oak 57.1 x 43.8 cm Purchased 1954
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6189)
The subject of the lacemaker is frequently found in Dutch painting of this period; Maes painted no fewer than twelve examples. The intense concentration of the woman and the organized setting serve to underline the virtues of domesticity. The artist's use of chiaroscuro ' distributing the light and shade to focus on the figure ' reveals the influence of his teacher, Rembrandt.