The Baker and His Wife by Jan Steen 1658

The Baker and His Wife_Jan Steen_1658Jan Steen (1626 – 1679)

Detail: food, baker, bread, buns, manchet, pretzel, pretzel hanger, workman, work cap, boy, horn, bread rack, store front,  peel

4 thoughts on “The Baker and His Wife by Jan Steen 1658”

  • Excellent detail, especially the fly opening having no closure & relying on the long under-shirt to conceal the lower body parts.
    Thank you.
    Keith.

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  • Anna Worden Bauersmith October 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Reblogged this on If I Had My Own Blue Box: and commented:
    I've had hot, soft pretzels on the mind for a couple weeks already. Seeing this painting makes me want to make some. What a perfect warm treat on a cold fall evening. Yum!
    I'm also curious about the bread held up and in the basket. They look concave. I wonder what those are.

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  • I think the concave bread may be what we call Yorkshire Pudding. That's what mine look like when baked in a very hot oven in a shallow pan.

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  • Sister's got some serious widow's peak going on. Also, looks like the artist was playing fast and loose with the brickwork bond pattern, as it doesn't appear to be very regular.

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