Old Woman Reading

Dominicus van Tol, Dutch (active Leiden), c. 1635 - 1676

Made in Netherlands, Europe

Mid- 17th century

Oil on panel

13 3/16 x 10 7/8 inches (33.5 x 27.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 547

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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A 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.