Three Young Girls

early 1600s

Object

Artist

British artist

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: TL-18018

Medium/Technique

Oil paint on panel

Credit

Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info

Dimensions

image height: 32 1/2 in, 82.55 cm; image width: 44 3/8 in, 112.7125 cm; frame height: 40 7/8 in, 103.8225 cm; frame width: 52 3/4 in, 133.985 cm

Department

European and American Art Before 1900

Collection

European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Known Provenance

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Caption

 British artist 
Three Young Girls, early 1600s
Oil paint on wood panel
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18018

Extended Info

The three sisters portrayed here are dressed in matching outfits in the newly relaxed style of the early 1600s—high waist, low neckline, and unstructured sleeves. Their scarlet dresses are decorated with yellow lace, a short-lived accessory popular in the 1610s. The two older girls hold ripe fruit, symbolic of their future roles as wives and mothers, while the youngest girl holds a doll of an adult woman dressed in black, possibly signaling that their mother has died.