Interior with Mother and Child
Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684)
Oil on panel, c. 1660
In this typical 17th-century Dutch interior the table is covered with an oriental rug, suggesting an opulent household. It is in the shade, yet still in the foreground: a subtle way of boasting. In Dutch homes, expensive carpets like these were used for the table rather than the floor. A glimpse through the open door at the back shows a typical Dutch canal.
The exhibition “Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations” continues until April 1st: http://bit.ly/xQZMhO