World of Dreams1876 by Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema

...Again, we see the type of interior depiction (black and white checkered floor tiles) favored by Dutch artists such as Vermeer with settings bathed in light streaming through a window and reflections in mirrors. In this painting Laura has portrayed a nurse or maybe a nanny or even a mother who has fallen asleep, possibly from a tiring day looking after the home and children....

World of Dreams (1876, Opus 76) introduces another theme which was to be developed in Laura’s mature works: the reflection and transmission of images in mirrors and windows, which adds great depth to what would otherwise be a shallow view. Here a nurse/nanny (or possibly mother) has fallen asleep, exhausted, on a large illustrated family Bible, which is open at the start of the book of Amos.
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