Old Woman Reading, Gerard Dou, c. 1631 - c. 1632

Old Woman Reading, Gerard Dou, c. 1631 - c. 1632

oil on panel, h 71.2cm × w 55.2cm × d 1.1cm. More details

The book is rendered in such detail that it is easy to see what the woman is reading: the beginning of chapter 19 of the Gospel of Luke. The passage states that those who wish to do good must give away half of all they own to the poor. The old woman’s expensive clothing contrasts sharply with this message: she is still attached to worldly possessions.

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