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Rembrandt, Girl at a Window
In this painting, Rembrandt plays with the division between reality and illusion, present and past. Who’s the girl?
Gerrit Dou, A Woman Playing a Clavichord
Are we awaiting a duet or interrupting a solo? One of Dou’s finest, this intimate scene defies easy interpretation.
Peter Paul Rubens, Venus, Mars and Cupid
Was it a diplomatic gift? Is it even a Rubens? Many questions surround this work; technical analysis can help.
Anthony Van Dyck, Samson and Delilah
Will Samson wake from his slumber? In this dramatic scene, all eyes are on those giant shears.
Jan van Huysum, Vase with Flowers
Van Huysum clearly took his time—and meditated on its passage. Here, a bird’s nest symbolizes the cycle of life.