Old Woman with Jug at a Window, c. 1660-1665, oil on panel, 28.3 x 22.8 (11 1/8 x 8 7/8), Kunsthistorisches Museum, Gemäldegalerie, Vienna


Old Woman with Jug at a Window

Dou uses a compositional arch as a functional window in this painting, with an old woman leaning out to water a pot of flowers placed on a bench just under the sill. The theme is rare in seventeenth-century Dutch painting prior to Dou's treatment; the many copies and versions of Dou's composition attest to its subsequent popularity.

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