JONGH, Ludolf de
(b. 1616, Overschie, d. 1679, Hillegersberg)

Scene in a Courtyard

1661-63
Oil on canvas, 67 x 82 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The composition of this painting, and the subject itself are clearly indebted to paintings by Pieter de Hooch such as Woman and Maid in a Courtyard. It is understandable that the painting was formerly attributed to De Hooch. However, it is entirely typical of the Rotterdam artist Ludolf de Jongh. He deserves recognition for his adaptation of a particular refinement in De Hooch's work.