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Sleeping old man and girl

Sleeping old man and girl

Michael Sweerts (in circa 1650)

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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
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 44.5 cm
Width 32.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Michael Sweerts
Accession number 2889 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: Vitale Bloch 1976
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1976
Age artist About 32 years old
Collector Collector / Vitale Bloch
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material
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Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Michael Sweerts

Brussel 1618 - Goa 1664

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