The Essential: Jan Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer is the poetic soul of Dutch art and one of the great vanishing acts in art history. With his death in 1675 and the dispersal of his paintings, Vermeer's artistic and personal identities were virtually eclipsed. But he was rediscovered in the late 19th century and quickly became known as one of the great European masters. Did you know that: Vermeer paid his rent by giving paintings to his landlord? fewer than 40 paintings are attributed to Vermeer? the formality of Vermeer's images masks a deeper, symbolic meaning? some critics still argue that Vermeer's possible use of camera obscura -- the "first camera"--Makes him more of a copyist than a truly original artist?
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Allegory Art of Painting attributed to Vermeer Baroque art Blue Reading camera obscura Caravaggio Carel Fabritius Catharina Catholic century Church color composition contrast of light corner dark depicted domestic Dutch art Dutch artists Dutch genre Dutch Republic Fabritius's figure foreground Frans Hals gaze genre painting Gerard ter Borch Girl Asleep Girl Reading Glass of Wine Golden Age Guild of Saint Hendrick ter Brugghen Hooch House of Martha Johannes Vermeer known Lady Writing landscape Leonard Bramer maid Maria Thins master Mechelen Michelangelo da Caravaggio Milkmaid mirror Music mystery Netherlands Officer and Laughing Otto van Veen painter paintings by Vermeer pearls perspective picture plane Pieter Pieter de Hooch poised Procuress provinces Reading a Letter Rembrandt resonance Saint Luke scene sense shadow smile solitary women Sound Byte subject matter suggest symbol theme Vermeer's paintings View of Delft viewer Virginals window Woman in Blue yellow young woman