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