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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Saint Praxidis 1655 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Saint Praxidis 1655
The Lacemaker (detail) - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Lacemaker (detail)
Young Woman with a Water Jug (detail-1) 1660-62 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Young Woman with a Water Jug (detail-1) 1660-62
The Little Street (detail-4) 1657-58 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Little Street (detail-4) 1657-58
The Love Letter [detail: 2] - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Love Letter [detail: 2]
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (detail-2)... - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (detail-2)...
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-3) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-3) c. 1658
The Milkmaid (detail-5) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Milkmaid (detail-5) c. 1658
The Milkmaid (detail-6) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Milkmaid (detail-6) c. 1658
The Milkmaid (detail-2) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
The Milkmaid (detail-2) c. 1658
Officer with a Laughing Girl (detail-1), c. 1657 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
Officer with a Laughing Girl (detail-1), c. 1657
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-1) c. 1658 - Jan Vermeer Van Delft - www.vermeer-foundation.org
A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman (detail-1) c. 1658

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