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Head of a Woman  1654

by Michael Sweerts

A woman, her thin hair tightly wrapped in a white scarf, looks out at the viewer with teary eyes and a toothless smile. The urban poor of Rome and the peasants of the neighboring countryside inspired Michael Sweerts during his stay in Italy in the mid-1600s. The practice of painting the lower classes was relatively new at the time, and pictures of the poor were often deris...
50.6 × 37.5 cm (19 15/16 × 14 3/4 in.)
Oil on panel
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