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Reading by Candlelight (by 1870). Attributed to Petrus van Schendel (Belgian, 1806–1870). Oil on wood. 

In the 19th century, Petrus van Schendel acquired great fame with his representations of candlelight scenes. The artist brilliantly employed the ever changing quality of light to reveal the world of the night. In this work, the candle provides the only light but it creates varying degrees of brightness. The woman is able to read her book but items in the background are in almost total darkness.

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