Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as ‘The Prayer without End’, Nicolaes Maes, c. 1656

Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as ‘The Prayer without End’, Nicolaes Maes, c. 1656

oil on canvas, h 134cm × w 113cm. More details

An old woman prays devoutly before eating her meal. She does not let the begging cat tugging impatiently on the tablecloth distract her. The virtue of the old woman lies in her self-control and sense of duty to God. Just like his teacher Rembrandt, Maes focuses attention on the essence of the scene through restricted lighting.

Nicolaes Maes

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