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Ruth Bernard Yeazell: The Golden Age of Dutch painting, 20 January 2005

Dutch 17th-century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution 
by Wayne Franits.
Yale, 328 pp., £45, June 2004, 0 300 10237 2
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... 1993 study of such images, Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in 17th-Century Dutch Art, Wayne Franits noted that spinning often figures as a sign of housewifely virtue, though the evidence suggests that women had by and large stopped spinning for their own families. As for the detailed interiors that often fascinate viewers: while individual ...

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