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Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer

    Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer

    Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer was created in 1665 – 1667. The painting is in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The size of the work is 44,5 x 40 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Soft light illuminates the face of a young woman dressed in exotic clothing and costume jewelry. Like Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665; Mauritshuis, The Hague), this painting was most likely not a commissioned portrait, but rather a so-called tronie, a portrayal of an intriguing individual, often in fanciful costume. 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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