The Interior of a Smithy

The painting is an early work by Metsu, probably dating from about 1657 when the painter had settled permanently in Amsterdam. With its meticulous rendering of the tools of the blacksmith's trade, this picture belongs to a tradition depicting trades and occupations. The artist painted a few other similar subjects in early in his career, but this particular theme is relatively rare in Dutch painting.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1629 - 1667
Full title
The Interior of a Smithy
Date made
about 1657
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
65.4 x 73.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2591
Location in Gallery