Getty curator Lee Hendrix: "Rembrandt was fascinated by old people. Maes took that aspect of his work and made a specialty of old women. Rembrandt's drawing [uses] a huge range of strokes. He smudged the chalk to convey the sheen of the woman's hood, used energetic strokes on the less finished arms and skirt, and drew this amazing face in detail. Then we have Maes, with his very fine style that's consistent throughout the whole drawing."
The Dutch master's "Old Woman With a Large Headdress" is at left. "Old Woman Asleep" by Nicolaes Maes is at right. (J. Paul Getty Museum)