De Koppelaarster or The Matchmaker by Gerrit van Honthorst
Stunning light effects. Deep Chiaroscuro. An absolute favourite by the Dutch Master.
Gerard van Honthorst, a well known Dutch Caravaggisti, often painted scenes of merry making and gatherings, complimented beautifully with contrasting lights and shadows. Truly, his works are captivating and beautiful. What I personally love in these paintings are his animated and often drunk subjects. What are they thinking? What could they be saying? You can look at these works and always find something new to surprise you, a new expression, a new meaning. Baroque at its best.