Creation Date: c.
× 15.2 inch (44 × 38.5 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I think the efficacy of this wonderfully benevolant view of life comes from the fact that it doesn't shy away from including some hint of the possibility of unhappiness. The girl has a worried look on her face as if she is unsure whether the letter brings good or bad tidings. However, the woman delivering it is smiling, indicating that it's good news and thereby giving the final word on the entire narrative.