The Bird-Nester

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A lad steals eggs from a nest. Two peasants watch him closely, so intently in fact that they are oblivious to the boy cutting one of their purses. The depiction may have an erotic significance: whoever stands by idly, will not go far in love. The fish trap in the water could also refer to courtship and marriage. Date: c 1604 – c 1606. Object ID: RP-T-1958-4.

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