Man Offering Money to a Young Woman

Judith Leyster1631


Den Haag, Netherlands

This painting is by one of the few women painters of the seventeenth century: Judith Leyster.

By the light of an oil lamp, a young woman is bowed over her needlework, with her feet on a foot warmer. A man is trying to attract her attention with a handful of coins – he wants to buy her love. But the woman does not respond to his offer, and works on undisturbed. She is a model of virtuousness.


  • Title: Man Offering Money to a Young Woman
  • Creator: Leyster, Judith
  • Date Created: 1631
  • Physical Dimensions: h30.8 cm x w24.2 cm
  • Provenance: Münzenberger Collection, Frankfurt am Main; Werner Dahl, Düsseldorf, 1892; purchased, 1892 (for 1.500 guilders, as 'inconnu')
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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