By The Solitary Bibliophile

June 23, 2018


A Couple Reading by Candlelight (c.1650-1675). Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675) [attr to]. Oil on panel. Royal Collection Trust (UK).

Every surface in this complex interior is lit as if from the single flame of an oil lamp. A flirting couple are disturbed by a figure as they look at drawings and illustrated books together. He is holding an oil lamp, she a sheet of paper filled with writing and sketches; a girl with a lantern enters the door on the left; a basket or cage hangs from the centre.

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