Nicolaes Maes

The Lacemaker

1655
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.
Title
The Lacemaker
Date
1655
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on oak
Dimensions
57.1 x 43.8 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1954
Accession number
6189