3 thoughts on “The Hermit — Gerrit Dou

  1. Interesting composition. If one squints a little the whole arch way motif becomes skull-like. That lamp is a peculiar visual focus ( even though it leads the eye down to the crucifix), until you realise that it is or has almost gone out. The old olive tree is the old man too, on his last legs, waiting for death to join his Saviour… Though the hourglass is only half run through. Is it a dawn sky behind him? Very prominent thistle = hard life?, waste? Bitter? Usually associated with uncultivated,mismanaged,thrown away. Is this a contrast to the hermit’s holy life and the olive tree, or a comment on it, I wonder…..

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