Girl with a Parrot

Possibly based on Dou's 'Girl with a Parrot,' formerly in the collection of Graf Gagarin, St. Petersburg

Follower of Gerrit Dou, Dutch (active Leiden), 1613 - 1675

Geography:
Made in Leiden, Netherlands, Europe

Date:
1670s

Medium:
Oil on panel

Dimensions:
14 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches (36.5 x 29.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Inv. 432

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Label:
Gerrit 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.