Dolls’ house of Petronella Oortman

anonymous, c. 1686 - c. 1710, furniture, BK-NM-1010

The exterior of this dolls house is a work of art in its own right, with its mother-of-pearl and pewter veneer. The owners’ initials - Petronella Oortman and her husband Johannes Brandt, a cloth merchant in Amsterdam - are inlaid on both sides. Remarkably, all the domestic furnishings were made…

The Sick Child

Gabriël Metsu, c. 1664 - c. 1666, painting, SK-A-3059

A worried mother looks at her young daughter, slumped listlessly on her lap. Metsu chose an unusual subject, since depictions of poorly children are rare in 17th-century art. Perhaps he intended the mother to personify charity, Caritas. Then the picture of the Crucifixion on the wall would be a…

A Mother Delousing her Child’s…

Pieter de Hooch, c. 1658 - c. 1660, painting, SK-C-149

A mother is inspecting her child’s hair for lice. They are in a sober Dutch interior, with Delft blue tiles and a bedstead. The chair on the right is a children’s toilet, with a built-in chamber pot. Through the door we see the back room, and catch a glimpse of the garden. These views into the…

Portrait of Machteld Muilman

Frans van der Mijn, c. 1745 - c. 1747, painting, SK-A-2249

The Love Letter

Johannes Vermeer, c. 1669 - c. 1670, painting, SK-A-1595

Interior with Women beside a Linen…

Pieter de Hooch, 1663, painting, SK-C-1191

Self-portrait

Cornelis Troost, 1739, painting, SK-A-4225

Gebed voor de maaltijd

Claes Jansz. Visscher (II), 1609, print, RP-P-1889-A-14266

Muurschildering in de Vaticaanse…

Gustave Eugène Chauffourier (attributed to), c. 1875 - c. 1900, photograph, RP-F-00-3287

Interieur met schilderijen van een…

Willem Kok, 1794, print, RP-P-1882-A-5649