A Young Woman at Her Toilet with a Maid

Gerard ter Borch the Younger Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 614

Ter Borch shows a well-off young woman adjusting the ribbons of her bodice in front of a dressing table, while an adolescent maid waits with a basin, linen towel, and pitcher of water. The artist’s trademark virtuosity appears in the gleam of polished silver and metallic thread, the iridescence of pink satin, and the velvety pile of an upholstered chair.

A Young Woman at Her Toilet with a Maid, Gerard ter Borch the Younger (Dutch, Zwolle 1617–1681 Deventer), Oil on wood

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