On the left woman in a peach and yellow sits reading a letter she has tilted towards the window to better see. On the right a maid stands with her back to the viewer pulling back a green curtain from a painting. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

Woman Reading a Letter Art Print

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A woman reads the letter that we see being written in the pendant-painting Man Writing a Letter, c.1664-66. The favourite curl on her plucked forehead shows that she is engaged. One senses disorder in a calm domestic world. She has stopped sewing and dropped her thimble, while her cast-off shoe has erotic connotations. A curious servant draws back the protective curtain covering a stormy seascape, a metaphor for the trials of love and the hazards of separating and meeting.

 

National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70cm

 

Original Painting Information

Gabriel Metsu, Dutch, 1629-1667

Woman Reading a Letter, 1664-1666

Oil on wood panel, 52.5 x 40.2 cm

Presented, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, 1987 (Beit Collection)

NGI.4537

 


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