Interior with a Mother Combing her Child’s Hair, Known as ‘Maternal Care’, Caspar Netscher, 1669

Interior with a Mother Combing her Child’s Hair, Known as ‘Maternal Care’, Caspar Netscher, 1669

oil on panel, h 44.5cm × w 38cm. More details

An elegantly dressed woman combs the long, curly locks of her son. In the background a maidservant enters the room carrying a pitcher of water. She looks sternly at the little girl sticking out her tongue in a mirror. Netscher emphasizes the importance of good upbringing. A prudent mother takes this task seriously, assisted by her maidservant.

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