Man Offering Money to a Young Woman
This painting is by one of the few women painters of the seventeenth century: Judith Leyster.
By the light of an oil lamp, a young woman is bowed over her needlework, with her feet on a foot warmer. A man is trying to attract her attention with a handful of coins – he wants to buy her love. But the woman does not respond to his offer, and works on undisturbed. She is a model of virtuousness.
oil on panel
30.8 x 24.2 cm.