In this fascinating exploration of Jan Steen's The Drawing
Lesson, John Walsh offers an explanation of the individual
parts and larger patterns of the work, allowing us to see how each
prop and pose contributes to the larger theme--the art of painting
and the education of the artist. He also recounts Steen's career
and the history of the picture itself, presenting, in sum, not only
an examination of a fine painting but also a lesson in how to look
at and "read" a complex work of art.