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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A Lady and Two Gentlemen (detail-2) c. 1659 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady and Two Gentlemen (detail-2) c. 1659
Lady with Her Maidservant Holding a Letter - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady with Her Maidservant Holding a Letter
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-2) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-2) c. 1658
A Woman Asleep at Table c. 1657 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Woman Asleep at Table c. 1657
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (detail-1)... - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (detail-1)...
Portrait of a Young Woman 1666-67 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Portrait of a Young Woman 1666-67
Diana and her Companions 1655-56 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Diana and her Companions 1655-56
The Concert [detail: 1] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Concert [detail: 1]
Young Woman with a Water Jug (detail-2) 1660-62 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Young Woman with a Water Jug (detail-2) 1660-62
Portrait of a Woman - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Portrait of a Woman
Lady Seated at a Virginal (detail) c. 1673 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Lady Seated at a Virginal (detail) c. 1673
Woman with a Lute near a Window c. 1663 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Woman with a Lute near a Window c. 1663

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