An old woman looks down intently at the large book she holds open – very likely a Bible, since she’s dressed in the plain clothing often worn by Calvinists, followers of a strict branch of the Protestant faith. This isn‘t a portrait but a tronie, pictures which showed stock characters, often with exaggerated facial expressions or gestures. In this case, though, it appears to be a visual example of what a pious old age should be.
David Teniers the Younger was immensely successful as a painter and his work was widely copied and imitated. This appears to be an imitation painted at the end of the seventeenth century, probably after Teniers’ death.
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