(b. 1643, Made, d. 1706, Den Haag)

Gentleman Offering a Lady a Ring in a Candlelit Bedroom

c. 1698
Oil on panel, 37 x 29 cm
Private collection

This painting probably was painted shortly after Schalcken's return from England. The bosomy woman who is in the focus of her eager admirer's attention is probably a prostitute. Consequently, the man's gift is intended to purchase her temporary affections.

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