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Michael Sweerts. (Brussels 1618 - 1664 Goa). A young maidservant (detail)
This extraordinary depiction of a young girl - datable to around 1660 - is undoubtedly one of Michael Sweerts’s most beautiful works. It has been compared with Girl with a pearl earring, which Vermeer (1632-1675) would paint some five years later.
- “The rendering of her skin is a technical marvel on a par with Rembrandt’s or Gerard ter Borch’s greatest adventures in naturalism: rosy where it should be rosy; blue-shadowed between the bridge of the nose and the eyes." - Simon Schama in “Another Dimension”, The New Yorker, October 28, 2002 p. 87