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Gillis van Tilborgh (c. 1625 – c. 1675), A Picture Gallery with an Artist Painting a Woman and a Girl. Allegory of the Art of Painting, 1660's

Gillis van Tilborgh (ca. 1625 – ca. 1675), A Picture Gallery with an Artist Painting a Woman and a Girl. Allegory of the Art of Painting, the 1660's. Oil on canvas. 97.5 x 137 cm. KMSsp292
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The scene takes place in a gallery or an art dealer’s shop. Paintings crowd the walls, and precious objects are displayed on the table: a Chinese lidded jar, statues, a mounted nautilus shell and more. At the centre of this collection Gillis van Tilborgh has placed a painter depicting a woman and her young daughter holding a dish of red, blue and yellow colours.

A beautiful allegory
Artists sought to outdo the indescribable beauty of nature – such as its splendid flowers – with their imitations on canvas. Hence, this painting has been interpreted as an allegory of the art of painting. The monkey with the telescope may symbolise nature aping nature, or perhaps it symbolises the one sense that is truly indispensible for a painter: sight.

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