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Valck_pageNicolaes Verkolje (Dutch, 1673–1746), The Fortune Teller,

oil on wood panel. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1955.39

As a young woman leans against a balustrade, a shabbily dressed gypsy fortune teller reads her palm. The woman seems perhaps a little skeptical, while an amused young man places his hand on her shoulder and appears to be whispering in her ear.

This print was given to the Toledo Museum of Art by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 1955 when Toledo acquired Nicolaes Verkolje’s painting of the same subject.

Gerard Valck
Dutch, 1626–1720
After Nicolaes Verkolje
Dutch, 1673–1746

The Fortune Teller

Mezzotint, about 1710–20
Gift of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1955.215