This painting compares closely, in both size and composition, to another interior scene by Johannes Voorhout depicting a seated woman and her maid.1
Both works include a globe and shelves of books in the background, a draped red cloth, and a table covered with various objects. The most prominent object is the anatomical sculpture at left, which relates to Willem van Tetrode's Écorché
with its backward lean, upraised arm and dynamic pose.
Although originally cast around 1562-1567, this sinuous model was popular tool for study among seventeenth century Netherlandish artists, likely in the form of a plaster cast, for it is found also in works by Peter Paul Rubens, Cornelis Saftleven and Michiel van Musscher.
1. Oil on canvas, 76 by 61 cm, signed lower right. Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), inv. no. NK1973.