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Girl in a Large Hat

Caesar Boëtius van Everdingenc. 1645 - c. 1650

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

This woman with her wide sunhat and seductive, bared shoulder is similar to the enticing shepherdesses that often appear in Dutch paintings. She proffers a small basket of fruit to the viewer in an unmistakably erotic gesture. The picture was originally intended to be displayed high on a wall, above a door or mantelpiece. That is why she looks down at us.

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