Portrait - Jan Vermeer
Portrait

Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (baptized October 31, 1632, died at the age of 43, December 15, 1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of ordinary life. His entire life was spent in the town of Delft. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death.

Virtually forgotten for nearly one hundred years, Vermeer was rediscovered in 1866 when the art critic Thore Burger published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him (only 35 paintings are firmly attributed to him today). Since that time Vermeer's reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age, and is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.


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Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail-2) c. 1665 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Girl with a Pearl Earring (detail-2) c. 1665
The Procuress [detail: 2] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Procuress [detail: 2]
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (detail) 1663-64 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (detail) 1663-64
Girl With A Red Hat - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Girl With A Red Hat
A Lady Writing a Letter 1665-66 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady Writing a Letter 1665-66
The Lacemaker 1669-70 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Lacemaker 1669-70
The Art of Painting [detail: 4] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Art of Painting [detail: 4]
Woman Holding a Balance 1662-63 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Woman Holding a Balance 1662-63
The Milkmaid c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Milkmaid c. 1658
A Lady and Two Gentlemen c. 1659 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady and Two Gentlemen c. 1659
The Art of Painting [detail: 5] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Art of Painting [detail: 5]
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window 1657 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window 1657

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