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A Painter's Studio

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Artist Unidentified


A Painter's Studio

Creation Date



17th century


26 11/16 in. x 33 1/16 in. (67.8 cm. x 83.9 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Flanders, Flanders

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Bequest of the Honorable James Bowdoin III


Public Domain

Accession Number


Most likely Italian, this view along with "A Sculptor’s Studio" [1813.45] of imaginary studio spaces reflect on artistic ambitions as well as practice. Perhaps not coincidentally, apprentices are pictured in both paintings. A young man in the sculptor’s studio seems caught by surprise as his master approaches with a client. He looks up from his work in a moment of confusion. A young draftsman is at work in the painter’s studio as well. Seated in the back, he peers out at a noble lady and her daughter who are posing for a portrait. Might the execution of these works, which reveal a rather modest skill level of the painter, have been part of a young artist’s education?

Object Description

interior of artist's studio; woman seated with child; painter seated to right, back to viewer