A follow-up to my earlier post on a painting by Giacomo Ceruti.
The concentration and seriousness on the little girl’s face is beautiful. It doesn’t make me think of my own little girls so much as Giovanni’s daughter. I also love the adult’s hand cradling and guiding the little girl’s hand. This is a joint process, something mother (or aunty or big sister or friend) and child are doing together.
Many thanks for sending the image to me, Giovanni.
Giovanni directed me to this painting by Giacomo Ceruti.
(image scanned by Giovanni)
Following the example of Caravaggio and especially Andrea Magnasco, Ceruti painted working class subjects, which was a novelty in those days. I thought you might appreciate the detail of a girl of humble extraction who was being taught to read – again, not a terribly popular pastime in Italy in those days. There is another lovely painting of his with very similar subject, “bobbin lace school”, but this one stood out for me due to that particular detail.