European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Old Woman ReadingMade in Netherlands, Europe
Mid- 17th century
Dominicus van Tol, Dutch (active Leiden), c. 1635 - 1676
Oil on panel
Cat. 547John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelA Westerwald stoneware pitcher of about the same date as this painting appears alongside a delicate façon de venise (Venetian style) wine flute, which the pitcher might soon be required to refill. Such refined practices began as elite customs, but were soon absorbed and emulated by the Dutch urban middle classes.
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