The Spectacle SellerArtist(s)Adriaen Jansz van OstadeArtist NationalityDutch (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1647-1652Medium & Supportetching, drypoint and engraving on paperDimensions
4 in x 3 3/10 in (10.16 cm x 8.41 cm);19 3/10 in x 14 ¼ in (49.05 cm x 36.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Carl Fredric ClarkeLabel copy
Ostade's etching shows a door-to-door salesman offering a pair of spectacles to a woman leaning out a half-open door. The peddler seen in this print seems benevolent and the woman appears eager to examine his wares. However, specatacles themselves had alternately good and bad associations, linked on the one hand with clarity of perception and wisdom, and on the other hand with deception.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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