The Master of the Blue Jeans

Fondazione Cariplo’s art collection includes one of the two paintings titled Mother Sewing and two Children” attributed in 2010 to a recently discovered seventeenth century painter dubbed the Master of the Blue Jeans. Originally attributed to Jan Vermeer, the painting was in the collection owned by Caterina Marcenaro  and bequeathed to Fondazione Cariplo.

One of the most innovative artists in the seventeenth century landscape, this painter was dubbed the Master of the Blue Jeans because of the recurring presence in his works of poor people dressed in clothes made of blue fustian from Genoa, the original fabric of blue jeans. The other version of the painting is at Canesso Gallery in Paris.