A Lady Seated at a Virginal
– The painting in the background (The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen) was owned by Vermeers mother in law and is now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). Details!
– Once owned by Théophile Thoré, the art critic who rediscovered Vermeer in the 19th century
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
– The largest painting ever done by Vermeer
– A famous biblical scene and a rare religious-themed painting by the artist
Diana and Her Companions
– Greek and Roman goddess Diana with four companions
– It was discovered that 15cm of the painting had been cut off the right side and that the blue sky had actually been added in the 29th century
Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window
– X-rays revealed that there was originally a cupid in the painting, making it likely she is reading a love letter.
– The use of light in this piece makes historians suspect he used a lens attached to a camera obscura to better achieve the ultra-realisti
Girl with a Pearl Earring
– A painting so good, so lifelike, one feels a connection when viewing it even though its 350 years old
– Its inspired movies, books, countless artists, and millions of people around the world.
– Many paintings are world famous, but this one manages to remain very personal despite its fame.
Officer and Laughing Girl
– The detail of the piece, the map in particular, is a Vermeer specialty and the actual map it was based on has been identified.
– The officer is wearing an expensive beaver pelt hat, likely imported from the New Netherlands (east coast USA) which was under Dutch control at the time
The Art of Painting
Vermeer is an amazing artist and this is an incredible painting, the artists most complex.
Trust us when we say that his work is very hard to reproduce the detail very time consuming to capture, but well worth the effort. This is a real masterpiece with wonderful light, perspective and detail
There is a lot of symbolism in the painting and hidden depths of meaning
– This piece, along with The Geographer, shows the same subject, likely Antonie can Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology
– The book on the table is a well-known astronomy tome, open at the section which advises the astronomer to see inspiration from God. The attention to detail in such a small painting is mind-boggling.
– The intense concentration of the subject suggests a flash of inspiration has just struck
– Incredible detail, from the room, the tools, to the Japanese-style robe popular with scholars at the time
– The unusual empty background makes us focus on the exquisitely painted figure
– Salvador Dali made his own version of this in 1955
The Love Letter
– At first glance the painting appears innocent enough, but the lute and the slippers actually hint at sex lutes were such a symbol, and the removed (the scandal!) slippers also
– The floor gives a wonderful impression if depth, and the curtains in the foreground make the viewer feel they are peeking in on a private moment
– Remarkable attention to detail in this snapshot of a contemporary scene
– Almost Mona Lisa-like quality to the womans expression, with the shading leaving her exact expression unclear and open to interpretation by the viewer
The Music Lesson
– Part of the British Royal Collection since the reign of George III (1760-1820). If its good enough for them
– It was only identified as a Vermeer by Theophile Thore in 1866
– One named A merry company in a room the scene is more likely that of a brothel
– The man wearing a beret in the left of the picture is actually Vermeer
View of Delft
– One of the first examples of a cityscape
– Among Vermeers most popular paintings, it has featured on commemorative coins in Holland