The 1666 Dutch genre painting shows a fashionable woman, framed in an arched stone window, feeding a parrot. Netscher (1639-1684) completed the painting while he was living in The Hague. The work incorporates a glamorous subject and elements of trompe l’oeil.
The work passed between various European collections until 1944 when it was confiscated by Hermann Goering. It was restituted to the heirs of its pre-War owner in 2014.
The painting is currently on show at the National Gallery’s Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt. It is exhibited alongside Netscher's ricordo drawing, on loan from the British Museum, which Netscher completed after the work.
The exhibition ends January 2, 2017, and the painting will remain in the museum’s Dutch genre collection.