European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Girl with a Parrot
Possibly based on Dou's 'Girl with a Parrot,' formerly in the collection of Graf Gagarin, St. PetersburgMade in Leiden, Netherlands, Europe
Follower of Gerrit Dou, Dutch (active Leiden), 1613 - 1675
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Inv. 432John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelGerrit Dou was Rembrandt’s first pupil and established himself as the founder of the so-called fijnschilder (fine-painter) style, characterized by illusionism, smooth surfaces, and minutely rendered details. This work by a close follower of Dou uses a compositional format typical of the artist in which a figure leans over the ledge of an arched window and thereby draws the viewer’s gaze into the pictorial space. This young woman’s address to the viewer may be less innocent than it first appears, as the caged bird is symbolic of honor in need of preservation.