Woman Lacing Her Bodice Beside a Cradle

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Woman lacing her bodice beside a cradle
Pieter de Hooch - Mother Lacing Her Bodice beside a Cradle - WGA11698.jpg
ArtistPieter de Hooch
Year1660 (1660)
Dimensions92 cm × 100 cm (36 in × 39 in)
LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin, Berlin

Woman lacing her bodice beside a cradle (c. 1660) is an oil on canvas painting by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch, it is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting and is part of the collection of the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

This painting was the third painting by Hooch documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1910, who wrote; "3. MOTHER BESIDE A CRADLE. Sm. 9, 52, Suppl. 26 ; deG. 16.[1] Beside a cradle in the left foreground of a room with tiled floor sits a young woman, who has just suckled her baby and is fastening up her bodice, smiling, as she does so, at the child in the cradle who is not visible to the spectator. Behind her, on the left, in a panelled recess, is a four-post bed with a blue and white striped curtain. On the panelling hang a brass warming-pan and a red skirt. Beside the woman is a dog, lazily stretching himself. On the extreme right, under a high window, the lower half of which is closed with shutters, stands a table with a candle-stick and a jug. An open door on the right leads into an ante-room where a young girl is standing before the half-open house-door, through which the sunshine streams in. It is the finest work by the master in Germany.

Canvas, 36 1/2 inches by 40 inches. Sale, M. Martin, Paris, March 22, 1790 (1500 francs). In the Hoffman collection, in Haarlem, 1827 and 1842 (Sm.). Sale. Schneider, Paris, April 6, 1876, No. 13 (135,000 francs, Berlin Museum). Then in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, later Bode Museum, of the Berlin State Museums, 1904 catalogue, No. 820b."[2]


  1. ^ Comparative table of catalog entries between John Smith's first Catalogue raisonné of Hooch and Hofstede de Groot's first list of Hooch paintings published in Oud Holland
  2. ^ entry 3 for Mother beside a Cradle in Hofstede de Groot, 1908