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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Love Letter - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Love Letter
Young Girl with a Flute 1666-67 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Young Girl with a Flute 1666-67
The Guitar Player - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Guitar Player
View of Delft (detail-1) 1659-60 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
View of Delft (detail-1) 1659-60
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (detail-1)... - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (detail-1)...
A Woman Asleep at Table (detail-2) c. 1657 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Woman Asleep at Table (detail-2) c. 1657
The Astronomer (detail) c. 1668 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Astronomer (detail) c. 1668
The Love Letter 1667-68 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Love Letter 1667-68
Girl Interrupted at Her Music 1660-61 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Girl Interrupted at Her Music 1660-61
The Geographer (detail) c. 1668 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Geographer (detail) c. 1668
Woman with a Pearl Necklace 1662-64 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Woman with a Pearl Necklace 1662-64
Allegory of the Faith - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Allegory of the Faith

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