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Essay – Michael Sweerts – The Virgin and Child

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Essay - Michael Sweerts - The Virgin and Child

This extraordinary depiction of a young girl - datable to around 1660 - is undoubtedly one of Michael Sweerts's most beautiful works. It has been compared with Girl with a pearl earring, which Vermeer (1632-1675) would paint some five years later.

"The rendering of her skin is a technical marvel on a par with Rembrandt's or Gerard ter Borch's greatest adventures in naturalism: rosy where it should be rosy; blue-shadowed between the bridge of the nose and the eyes."
- Simon Schama in "Another Dimension", The New Yorker, October 28, 2002 p. 87.