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ID number: BIRBI-65.3
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Crespi, Giuseppe Maria (1665-1747)
Title / Object name / Definition: A woman looking for fleas
Object type: Painting
Date made: About 1715/20
Materials: Oil on canvas
Measurements: 49.5 x 38 cm
Provenance: Rome, Ilo Nunes-Mauri, 1943; purchased from the Hazlitt Gallery in 1965.
Description: It is night, and a partially undressed woman surrounded by her stays, skirt hoops and stockings, searches for fleas. She has placed a pot of water in front of her in which to drown them. At the top, two boys look down at her, adding a ribald element to this low-life scene.
Notes: Exhibited: 'Cinque Pittore del Settecento', Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Rome, 1943, cat. no. 19; 'Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the emergence of genre painting in Italy', Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, 1986, no. 21.
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