You are here:  >   >   > 

Art Collections Online

A Girl at the Window

SCHALKEN, Godfried (1643 - 1700)

[image: 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

[image: Buy a print]

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, Schalken lived mainly in Dordrecht, though he spent 1692-97 in England. He achieved international fame with his nocturnal candlelit scenes.

0 comments

Leave a comment


Browse artists

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z All Other

Browse makers and designers

Browse by letter:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z All