Frame Dutch, mid-XVII century, bolection profile in ebonized fruitwood with sight wave mouldings, ripple-and-reed panel and border mouldings, accessioned for use on Dou, 88.50.1.

A Hermit Praying, 1670

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The hermit monk turns to nature as a refuge from the temptations of the world. In the silence of his cave, he holds a rosary and meditates on the holy text. His altar is decorated with objects of devotion—the crucifix—stands as a symbol of salvation, the extinguished candle, skull, and hourglass are reminders of the brevity of human life, while the small straw basket which holds the hermit’s items for survival, suggest the virtues of frugality.

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Dou, Hermit Praying (#677)
Details
Title
A Hermit Praying
Artist Life
1613–1675
Role
Artist
Accession Number
87.11
Provenance
(Trafalgar Galleries, London, England in 1985);[1] sold to MIA in 1987. [1] Correspondence with the Dou scholar Ronni Baer indicates that she saw the work in March 1984, possibly at Trafalgar. A replica exists which went up for auction at Christie's, October 1990, which has a provenance since 1887. Many early bibliographies on Dou reference this painting, mistaking it for the [MIA] original. The work arrived at Trafalgar through an "English provincial sale", with no other source information provided.
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Frame Dutch, mid-XVII century, bolection profile in ebonized fruitwood with sight wave mouldings, ripple-and-reed panel and border mouldings, accessioned for use on Dou, 88.50.1.