The Doctor’s Visit
Our painting dates from 1662. It was then, in the final four years of his life, that Bega reached the peak of his artistic powers as a painter. This can be judged from the dated paintings, which permit to date rather accurately the undated ones as well. All his star pieces date from this short period. The fine qualities that characterize Bega’s late style can be admired in our painting as well. Typical is the evocative mood. One of the scene’s other charms is the frontal lighting, which brings about a sophisticated chiaroscuro. This light is used to portray all the different of draperies - the woman’s garments, head kerchief, napkin and rug. Bega keenly observed and skilfully rendered their folding and convincingly suggests their weight and feel.