Astronomer by Candlelight (detail), c. 1665, oil on panel, arched top, 32 x 21.2 (12 5/8 x 8 3/8), The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles



The stone surround in this painting functions as a ledge and a pictorial framing device rather than as a window. The columns silhouetted against the dark background create the effect of a very deep space.

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