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The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen

    The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen

    The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen was created in 1622. The painting is in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The size of the work is 101,6 x 107,6 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The hand gestures tell the story: an amorous male client negotiates with an elderly woman for the favors of a cheerful young lute player. (This musical instrument was often a symbol of love.) Baburen was one of several painters from the Dutch city of Utrecht who went to study in Rome in the 1610s; works by three of them grace this wall. This painting, or a copy of it, was owned by Vermeer’s family, and it appears in the background of two of the painter’s works.

    About the Artist: Dutch Baroque painter Dirck van Baburen was born in Wijk bij Duurstede in 1595. His father was a Jasper van, Utrecht council. In 1611, he started taking painting lessons from Paulus Moreelse, a painter of portraits and historical subjects. Probably in later years he became an apprentice of the painter. In 1612 he went to Rome and was influenced by Caravaggio’s dramatic shadowing and the use of light… Read more

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