Creation Date: 1657-1659
Size: 33 × 25.4inch (83 × 64.5
Media: Oil on
Location: Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, Germany
I love this painting, but I'm not crazy about the rendering of the "trompe-l'œil" curtain, which doesn't look quite real. During this period, it was not unusual for art owners--and almost everyone was an art owner then--to have curtains flanking or covering their paintings. This is why many artists (like Vermeer and Rembrandt) painted illusionistic curtains in front of the depicted scene as a kind of clever trick or joke.
On a side note, this curtain-illusion idea is obviously very old and simple (and it doesn't really add much to the work) yet I could easily see a painter today employing something similiar and claiming that it is profound.
Curtain aside, this painting is amazing.