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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Officer with a Laughing Girl c. 1657 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Officer with a Laughing Girl c. 1657
The Art of Painting [detail: 2] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Art of Painting [detail: 2]
Lady Seated at a Virginal c. 1673 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady Seated at a Virginal c. 1673
Lady Standing at a Virginal (detail-3) c. 1670 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady Standing at a Virginal (detail-3) c. 1670
The Little Street (detail-2) 1657-58 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Little Street (detail-2) 1657-58
View of Houses in Delft, known as 'The Little Street' - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
View of Houses in Delft, known as 'The Little Street'
Lady Writing A Letter 1665-1670 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady Writing A Letter 1665-1670
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary 1654-55 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary 1654-55
The Geographer c. 1668 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Geographer c. 1668
Young Girl in an Antique Costume - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Young Girl in an Antique Costume
Lady Standing At A Virginal 1673-1675 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady Standing At A Virginal 1673-1675
Young Woman Seated at the Virginals c. 1670 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Young Woman Seated at the Virginals c. 1670

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