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Girl with a Broom by RembrandtGirl with a Broom - Reproduction of a classic Rembrandt painting featured as a prop on the occult sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72. The "Girl with a Broom" painting hung on the wall of the foyer (to the left) as you entered the home of Darrin and Samantha Stephens. Sometimes, during the show's 252 episode run, the painting (matted with a tan border in a oak frame) was taken down and replaced by a mirror.

If one looks closely at the small girl holding the broom, it's not much of a stretch to see a very young Samantha the witch posing for the portrait (the broom being a potent symbol of witchcraft). After all, Leonardo Di Vinci painted a Mona Lisa style portrait of Samantha's look-alike Aunt Cornelia around the same time (Episode No. 198 "Mona Sammy"). And since, Samantha was born around the time of Henry the VIII, she just might have been the model for the portrait (though not mentioned in the script).

TRIVIA NOTE:  The original oil on canvas painting "Girl with a Broom" was painted in 1651 by Rembrandt van Rijn (born 1606).  Today, the original painting of the "Girl with a Broom" hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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