The Night School, Gerard Dou, c. 1660 - c. 1665

The Night School, Gerard Dou, c. 1660 - c. 1665

oil on panel, h 74cm × w 64cm × t 5.5cm. More details

In a dark classroom, a schoolmaster raises an admonishing finger at a boy standing in shadow, while a girl diligently recites her lesson by the bright light of a candle. Represented in this way, the light assumes a deeper meaning as the light of knowledge. Dou demonstrates his skill in rendering artificial light by including no fewer than four different light sources in this painting.

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