Made by Adriaen van Ostade / Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage / 1673Made by Adriaen van Ostade
Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage

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Creator Name: Ostade, Adriaen van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, 1610 - 1684
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Adriaen van Ostade
Title: Reading the News at the Weavers' Cottage
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Creation Start Date: 1673
Creation End Date: 1673
Creation Date: 1673
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Pen and brown ink, watercolor, white heightening, traces of graphite; framing lines by the artist (?) in brown ink and gold.
Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 7 15/16 in. (24.4 x 20.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1997.117.10
Credit Line: Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996.

This scene of a man reading the news surrounded by family and friends within the sunlit confines of a weavers' cottage epitomizes the rustic scenes of peasant life for which Ostade is so well known. Linen weaving, a profession practiced only by men, became the most important and lucrative occupation in Haarlem in the seventeenth century. Ostade celebrated the economic profit brought about by this industry in this outstanding watercolor, an autonomous work of art, and one which remained famous through the eighteenth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1997.117.10
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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