Johannes Vermeer

  • A Lady Seated at a Virginal - Johannes Vermeer

    A Lady Seated at a Virginal

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    – The painting in the background (The Procuress by Dirck van Baburen) was owned by Vermeer’s 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

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    – The largest painting ever done by Vermeer
    – A famous biblical scene and a rare religious-themed painting by the artist

  • Diana and Her Companions - Johannes Vermeer

    Diana and Her Companions

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    – 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window

    0 out of 5

    – 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    0 out of 5

    – A painting so good, so lifelike, one feels a connection when viewing it even though it’s 350 years old
    – It’s 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    Officer and Laughing Girl

    0 out of 5

    – 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 Astronomer - Johannes Vermeer

    The Astronomer

    0 out of 5

    – 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 Geographer - Johannes Vermeer

    The Geographer

    0 out of 5

    – 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 Lacemaker - Johannes Vermeer

    The Lacemaker

    0 out of 5

    – 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    The Love Letter

    0 out of 5

    – 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

  • The Milkmaid - Johannes Vermeer

    The Milkmaid

    0 out of 5

    – Remarkable attention to detail in this snapshot of a contemporary scene
    – Almost Mona Lisa-like quality to the woman’s expression, with the shading leaving her exact expression unclear and open to interpretation by the viewer

  • The Music Lesson - Johannes Vermeer

    The Music Lesson

    0 out of 5

    – Part of the British Royal Collection since the reign of George III (1760-1820). If it’s good enough for them…
    – It was only identified as a Vermeer by Theophile Thore in 1866

  • The Procuress - Johannes Vermeer

    The Procuress

    0 out of 5

    – 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 - Johannes Vermeer

    View of Delft

    0 out of 5

    – One of the first examples of a cityscape
    – Among Vermeer’s most popular paintings, it has featured on commemorative coins in Holland

  • Woman Holding a Balance - Johannes Vermeer

    Woman Holding a Balance

    0 out of 5

    – Once called “A woman weighing gold” but a detailed examination revealed her hands to be empty
    – The woman may have been based on Catharina Vermeer, the artist’s wife
    – Some see religious or spiritual meaning in the painting due to the juxtaposition of her weighing her valuables against a backdrop of the “Last Judgment” painting in the background, with one art critic describing her as “symbolically weighing unborn souls”


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