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Adriaen van Ostade
Dutch, 1610–1685

Peasants Slaughtering a Pig

Etching, about 1642
Diam: 4 3/8 x in.
Gift of Carl B. Spitzer, 1963.37

Light from a single candle held by a child creates a dramatic contrast of highlights and shadows in this night scene of a family group butchering a pig for sustenance or to sell for goods.