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Children can explore Judith Leyster’s 17th-century painting titled “Self-Portrait” in this video from the Children’s Video Tour. Here, Leyster depicts herself as an artist at work, holding a paintbrush in one hand and a wooden palette in the other. On her easel is an unfinished painting of a fiddler. This subject matter is typical of Leyster, who often painted scenes of merriment that included actors, dancers, and musicians. Notice Leyster’s beautiful dress with its starched lace collar – do you suppose this is really the type of outfit she painted in? On view in the Gallery’s West Building, Gallery 46. http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=37003

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