Maria Schalcken

The Artist at Work in Her Studio, about 1680

  • Maria Schalcken (Dutch, 1647/50–Before 1700)
  • Oil on panel, 44.1 x 34.3 cm (17 3/8 x 13 1/2 in.)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art

    The Artist

    Not much is known about the life or art career of Maria Schalcken. There are only two extant paintings that can be attributed to her with confidence. She was trained by her brother, Dutch Golden Age artist Godefridus Schalcken (1643–1706). In terms of subject matter, she painted primarily scenes from everyday life (genre scenes).

    The self-portrait featured here was assumed to be a portrait of the artist by her brother until sometime in the 1900s, when it was cleaned, and her full signature appeared. The other work attributed to Maria Schalcken is called Boy Offering Grapes to a Woman, held in The Leiden Collection.


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