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Fourteen smartly dressed ladies kneel in prayer. They are female members of a confraternity (a quasi-religious brotherhood), praying to their patron saint; its men are shown in another painting in the National Gallery’s collection.
The women are clearly meant to be recognisable people, but none has yet been identified. They wear a variety of clothes, reflecting both their age and their social status. Older women tend to have their hair covered, sometimes by several layers of veils, while the younger ones tie it back in fine nets held in place by narrow bands.
Oil on silk or canvas, mounted on wood
H 64.5 x W 41.9 cm