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Old Woman Saying Grace, Known as ‘The Prayer without End’

An old woman prays devoutly before eating her meal. She does not let the begging cat tugging impatiently on the tablecloth distract her. The virtue of the old woman lies in her self-control and sense of duty to God. Just like his teacher Rembrandt, Maes focuses attention on the essence of the scene through restricted lighting....

c. 1656
Oil on canvas
134.0 x 113.0cm
Image and text courtesy of Rijksmuseum, 2020

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