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''Man Writing a Letter'' ''Woman Reading a Letter''Man Writing a Letter and Woman Reading a Letter
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Man Writing a Letter and Woman Reading a Letter, two oil paintings on panel completed by Gabriël Metsu c. the 1660s. The former shows a young man sitting in front of an open window, writing a letter with a quill pen, while the latter depicts a woman reading a letter, which the work's symbolism suggests is a romantic one. These paintings are generally considered companion pieces, with the man writing the letter that the woman is reading. They have been held—and twice stolen—as a pair since at least the early 18th century, when the works were owned by Hendrick Sorgh of Amsterdam. The works were donated to the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin in 1987.

Painting: Gabriël Metsu

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