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An Old Woman Spinning
Photo credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum

An Old Woman Spinning 1646–1648

Michael Sweerts (1618–1664)

The Fitzwilliam Museum

(bapt. Brussels, 29 Sept. 1618; d Goa, India, 1664). Flemish painter, an enigmatic and exceedingly attractive artist. Nothing is known of his training or early career. From about 1646 to about 1656 he lived in Rome, where he came into contact with the ‘Bamboccianti’ (see Laer). He painted genre scenes in their manner, but his work is in a class apart because of the quiet, melancholy dignity of his figures and his exquisite tonality.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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