CERUTI, Giacomo
(b. 1698, Milano, d. 1767, Milano)

Women Working on Pillow Lace (The Sewing School)

Oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Private collection

The painting depicts a group of young women in full length, modestly dressed and seated on simple wicker chairs, who are making pillow lace in a bare room without windows or furnishings. The "sewing school," a widespread theme in genre painting of the period, was most likely developed as such by the Danish artist Bernhard Keil (1624-1687), known as Monsù Bernardo, who was active in northern Italy and who repeatedly treated the subject as an allegory of the senses of touch and sight.

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