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This morning we showed you a detail from an etching on our social media pages. Did you recognize it? It’s Rembrandt’s The pancake woman from 1635 (The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam).

The detail of this etching shows a little boy turning away from a dog, who – apparently very hungry – is trying to steal away his pancake. But the main subject of this etching is of course the woman making pancakes. This was a popular theme in seventeenth century art: pancakes are easy and cheap to make and in the seventeenth century you could buy them as ‘street food’. For his version of a woman making pancakes, Rembrandt was probably inspired by a work of the artist Adriaen Brouwer. In Rembrandt’s inventory from 1656 we can find a painting by Brouwer with the same subject.

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