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A Maid Asleep by Johannes Vermeer

    A Maid Asleep by Johannes Vermeer

    A Maid Asleep by Johannes Vermeer was created in 1656 – 1657. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The size of the work is 87,6 x 76,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The misbehavior of unsupervised maidservants was a common subject for seventeenth-century Dutch painters. Yet in his depiction of a young maid dozing next to a glass of wine, Vermeer transfigured an ordinary scene into an investigation of light, color, and texture that supersedes any moralizing lesson. (Read more in Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    About the Artist: Dutch Baroque Period painter Johannes Vermeer specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. It is unclear where and with whom Vermeer apprenticed as a painter. There is some speculation that Carel Fabritius may have been his teacher. On 29 December 1653, Vermeer became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke, a trade association for painters. The guild’s records make clear that Vermeer did not pay the usual admission fee. It was a year of plague, war, and economic crisis; Vermeer was not alone in experiencing difficult financial circumstances… Read more

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