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A Woman Preparing Bread and Butter for a Boy  1663

by Pieter de Hooch

A mother butters bread while her son stands beside her, his head bent in prayer over the food. He is about to depart for the school seen through the open front door and identified by the sign reading schole. A small triangular niche above the inner doorway holds several books and a candlestick, perhaps alluding to the enlightenment that education brings. A small top lying ...
68.6 x 53.3 cm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty