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Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson
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Lady and Gentleman in an Interior, 'A startling Introduction'

RCIN 405520

The exact subject of this painting is not known but the gist is obvious: a chaste lady threatens to stab herself rather than submit to the advances of a gentleman, who appears duly abashed. The dogs hint at the vice in the story; the shaft of light at the virtue. Acquired by Charles I Cat. 18

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