November 20, 2011

Michael Sweerts Week: "Head of an Old Woman"

This week I'm going to post a few paintings by Michael Sweerts (which I assume is pronounced "Sveerts"). 

Nationality: Flemish
Born/Died: 1618-1664

Creation Date: c.1654
Size: 19.375 x 15.0625  in. (49.2 x 38.1 cm)
Media: Oil on panel
Location: J. Paul Getty Museum

It's very common to see paintings called "Old Man/Woman" wherein the theme of the work is the creeping  shadow of death, but this painting is not like that at all--it's a happy painting, which is refreshing to see.

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