Modest Dressing at the Frick Collection

Apropos of discussions about “hijab” as modest dressing including head covering for women, Vermeer’s famous painting “Officer and Laughing Girl,”


now on exhibit at the Frick bears an interesting description: “A gentle radiance illuminates an officer and a modestly dressed young woman engaged in the pleasantries of courtship.”

Is it the headcovering that makes the woman in the 1657 Dutch painting modestly dressed?


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