Woman at her Toilet (Jan Steen, Rijksmuseum)  

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Woman at her Toilet (c. 1661-65) by Jan Steen. This detail shows the legs with sock marks.
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Woman at her Toilet (c. 1661-65) by Jan Steen. This detail shows the legs with sock marks.

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Woman at her Toilet [1] (Het toilet c. 1661-65) is a painting by Jan Steen, currently held at the Rijksmuseum.

A young woman is sitting on the edge of her bed and removing a stocking. Marks left by the stocking are visible on her legs. There's a chamber pot on the floor and a dog lies sleeping on the cushion. It seems quite an innocent scene perhaps, but for an seventeenth-century audience the erotic references in the painting would have been immediately obvious.[2]

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  • 37 x 27,5 cm
  • Object number SK-A-4052

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