Girl Standing before a Mirror

Art Institute of Chicago

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Caspar Netscher studied under 17th century Dutch painter, Gerard ter Borch the Younger. Much like ter Borch, Netscher painted Dutch elites in lavish, domestic settings. He was particularly renowned for his ability to recreate lifelike textures. Painting's ability to fool the eye has been revered as much as it has been critiqued. Netscher's figure points at a mirror, underscoring the illusionary aspects of the painting and life itself.

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