Petrus van Schendel’s outdoor market scenes, with their heavy ambiance shrouding his figures in a haze of mystery, are the true measure of his immense talent. A Gingerbread Seller by Candlelight is no exception, showcasing his mastery of nocturne scenes and overall warmth of composition. In this painting, a wizened merchant and her two well-dressed clients are masterfully painted in the light of a candle, whose flame illuminates the scene with a brilliant glow.
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Petrus van Schendel,
A Gingerbread Seller by Candlelight