BREKELENKAM, Quiringh van
(b. ca. 1622, Zwammerdam, d. ca. 1669, Leiden)

The Spinner

Oil on wood, 48 x 64 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The subject of this painting is an elderly couple in the main room of a very modest home. The woman spins yarn while the man sits with his hands folded over a walking stick. In Leiden, one of the leading centres of the Dutch cloth trade, spinning was a widespread cottage industry, with both men and women doing piecework at home, supplying yarn to factory looms.

This painting, signed with initials and dated, is a typical work by Brekelenkam.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.