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Pieter de Hooch: 'A Musical Party in a Courtyard'

The woman on the left is playing a violin. The houses seen across the canal are similar to those on the Keizersgracht, Amsterdam. The left-hand one bears a tablet with the date 1620 and is in the style of Hendrick de Keyser (1565 - 1621).

The painting is characteristic of de Hooch's Amsterdam period. In contrast to the middle-class interiors of his Delft paintings, he now focuses on more sophisticated domestic settings and elegant figures.

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