#FineArtFriday The Painter in his Studio by Adriaen Van Ostade

Very interesting painting or drawing and well-described by your powers of observation. Thank you for sharing. Even an author can learn a lot about history from the paintings of old masters. Reblogged from https://conniejjasperson.com/2018/05/11/fineartfriday-the-painter-in-his-studio-by-adriaen-van-ostade/

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In “The Painter in his Studio” by Adriaen Van Ostade (1663), we see a self-portrait of the artist, sitting with his back to us. He is at his easel, and his brush hand rests on a ‘maulstick,’ a stick with a padded head used by painters to support the hand holding the paintbrush.  In the shadowed background, a pupil is at work, possibly preparing a palette, or maybe preparing colors.

The window, the floor with all its debris, the walls, and the ceiling are depicted with great detail. The artist and his pupil are less detailed.

The studio is untidy, with brushes fallen on the littered floor. The room is cluttered with numerous odd objects and tools of the trade, including the head of a broken bust beneath a table. On the ceiling above the artist, a canvas canopy is tacked up, possibly to protect the artist’s work area from leaks, or…

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