Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1655
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 18 in. (54.6 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.612
Maes studied with Rembrandt and then returned to his native Dordrecht, where he painted portraits and the genre scenes for which he is most admired. In this quiet interior, a young woman (probably a maid) is surrounded by velvety shadows and warmed by sunlight, as if in divine approval of her contented work.