Two young women glance up from their keyboards again this week, re-united at the Dulwich Picture Gallery after 351 years apart.
Both paintings are the work of the Dutch 17th-century painter Gerrit Dou, regarded as one of the marvels of his age. He was a pupil of Rembrandt’s, and considered by some of their contemporaries as the greater artist.
He worked so slowly, known to take a week to paint a single hand, that it was an event when he actually finished any painting, still less two together. The two pictures were shown together at the home of his wealthy patron Johannes Hannot in Leiden in 1665, said to be the first solo exhibition by a living artist.