It is not really very tasteful to show a girl hunting lice in the hair of a sleeping old man - a mendicant friar perhaps. But Sweerts gave it nobility by showing us its beauty. It is not just picturesque, let alone amusing, as people often regard scenes like this. Old age, devotion and love of one’s fellow man: the simple, the everyday, acquire grandeur here.
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|Title||Sleeping old man and girl|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 44.5 cm
Width 32.5 cm
|Accession number||2889 (OK)|
|Credits||Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Vitale Bloch 1976|
|Collector||Collector / Vitale Bloch|
The Collection Enriched (2011)
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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