(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)
The Art of Painting (detail)1665-67
Oil on canvas
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The heavy curtain on the left, which lets the viewer partake of the scene, has decidedly theatrical connotations. So does the young girl whom the artist portrays, and whose crown of laurel easily identifies her as Fame. A connection with Clio, the muse of history, also exists. She holds a trumpet and a book of Thucydides.