Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, 16291684)
Oil on canvas; 21 5/8 x 24 3/4 in. (54.9 x 62.9 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.613)
De Hooch probably painted this picture shortly after he moved from Delft to Amsterdam in the early 1660s. The subtle variation of direct and reflected light through a succession of rooms was an effect achieved by de Hooch during his activity in Delft. Some areas of the painting, particularly the figures and the floor, have suffered from abrasion.