A Kitchen

Hendrick Sorgh Dutch

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In this painting, Sorgh inflects a domestic scene with the art of still life. Two maids clean fish and peel vegetables in the foreground, surrounded by gleaming brass and earthenware. A closer look reveals a mischievous cat, an open birdcage, and, barely visible between the two servants, a couple caressing in the shadows. Even such seemingly innocuous elements as the earthenware pots would have carried an erotic connotation for seventeenth-century viewers.

A Kitchen, Hendrick Sorgh (Dutch, Rotterdam 1609/11–1670 Rotterdam), Oil on wood

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