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Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the dark art of everyday intrigue

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

National Gallery, London
This quietly captivating exhibition reveals the depths of the Dutch Golden Age artist whose paintings are as rich in hidden drama as any theatre The young woman painted by Nicolaes Maes in the 1650s, resting her elbow on a cushion on a window ledge while she meditatively cradles her chin in her hand, looks like she is independently reaching the same conclusion as René Descartes just a few years earlier: “I think, therefore I am.” Maes's masterpiece Girl at a Window shows her surrounded by solid things. A wooden window covering has been flung open to show its planks...
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