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A girl putting a candle in a lantern and a boy testing the fire in a footwarmer  1698

by Godfried Schalcken

painting by Godfried Schalcken (Museum: Rijksmuseum)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons



  1. The warm, intimate atmosphere is beautifully captured through the use of light and shadow, reminiscent of the delicate nuances found in the rice purity test. The contrast between the girl's delicate action and the boy's practical task creates a sense of harmony and balance, further accentuating the depth of Schalcken's portrayal of everyday life with a touch of elegance.