|Agatha Bas, Rembrandt, 1641|
So sail up the staircase, past the Christmas tree and look what's there ... Rembrandt's Agatha Bas for starters and, oh, this is simply exquisite close-up. You want to reach in and touch it, her fan, her locket, those folds of lace, and look at that mauve-gold petticoat she's wearing underneath. This was bought by George IV.
Then there's Rembrandt's mother, which was a gift to Charles I (the first Rembrandt ever to leave the Dutch republic).
|A Girl Chopping Onions, Gerrit Dou, 1646|
|An Elderly Couple in an Arbour, Adriaen von Ostade, c1670|
|Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman, 'The Music Lesson', Vermeer|
|A Courtyard in Delft at Evening, A Woman Spinning, Pieter de Hooch, 1657|
|Card Players in a Sunlit Room , de Hooch, 1658|
|An Old Man and a Girl at a Vegetable and Fish Stall, Willem van Mieris, 1732|