This picture is probably the earliest in which the Delft painter treats his favorite theme of a young woman, occasionally with a male companion, in a domestic interior. An overdressed maid has dozed off after entertaining a visitor (two glasses, a pitcher, and a jug may be seen in the jumbled still life). The painting above her depicts Cupid unmasked, an oblique explanation of her dreamy smile. Radiographs show that Vermeer originally painted a man in the background and a dog to the lower…

Johannes Vermeer A Girl Asleep 1657 Oil on canvas, × cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Het melkmeisje, Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1660

"The Milkmaid ("De Melkmeid" or "Het Melkmeisje"), sometimes called "The Kitchen Maid," is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer/Vermeer van Delft. It is housed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Woman reading a letter, Johannes Vermeer, 1662. In a quiet, private moment, a young woman stands, engrossed in reading a letter. It is morning, and she is still wearing her blue nightrobe. All the other colours are subordinate to its radiant lapis lazuli; yellow and red hardly make an appearance. Vermeer rendered the different effects of the cool light precisely. For example, he was the first artist to try soft grey for flesh, and to paint the shadows on the wall light blue.

Johannes Vermeer Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, , Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Read more about the symbolism and interpretation of Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer.

The love letter, Johannes Vermeer, 1669.

The Love Letter (De liefdesbrief) by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1669 - Oil on canvas, 44 x cm (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

The Concert, about 1665, Johannes Vermeer, Dutch, 1632-1675, Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 64.7 cm

"The Concert" Jan (or Johannes) Vermeer van Delft around oil on canvas x cm x 25 in) Boston, MA: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (This is one of eleven paintings stolen on March

Lady in Blue by Vermeer, on her way back from Japan to the Netherlands. Now on show in the Rijksmuseum.

Lady in Blue by Vermeer, on her way back from Japan to the Netherlands. Now on show in the Rijksmuseum.

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675). Woman with a Lute, ca. 1662–63. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900 (25.110.24) | In this work of the early 1660s, a young woman in an ermine-trimmed jacket plays a lute and looks intently out the window. The viola da gamba on the floor and songbooks on the table suggest that she may be waiting for a male visitor.

Woman with a Lute/Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, ca. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Masterpieces | Louvre Museum | Paris

Johannes or Jan VermeerDelft, The Lacemaker Painted quite late in the artist's career, c. Oil on canvas mounted on wood H. 21 cm Purchased at the Vis Blokhuyzen auction, Paris, 1870

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