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Village Romance (Rural Tenderness)

Specializing in genre scenes, Adriaen van Ostade revealed the lives of the lower class with dignity and humor. A view through an open window was one of his favorite compositional devices, as seen in this courtship of a peasant couple. This technique offered the viewer a voyeuristic peek into another world, while assuring a safe social distance.

Adriaen van Ostade
Dutch, 1610–1685
Village Romance (Rural Tenderness)
1667
Etching on paper
Image: 5 ¾ x 4 ¾ in. (14.6 x 12.1 cm); sheet: 6 ½ x 5 3/16 in. (16.5 x 13.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 68.180