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Top Ten Paintings by Johannes Vermeer

Top Ten Paintings by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer

       Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (31 October 1632 – 15 December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colors and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for cornflower blue and yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. Recognized during his lifetime in Delft and The Hague, his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity after his death; he was barely mentioned in Arnold Houbraken’s major source book on 17th century Dutch painting (Grand Theatre of Dutch Painters and Women Artists), and was thus omitted from subsequent surveys of Dutch art for nearly two centuries. In the 19th century Vermeer was rediscovered by Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger, who published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him, although only 34 paintings are universally 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.

  1. Girl With a Pearl Earring (1665)

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  2. The Milkmaid (1658–1660)

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  3. The Astronomer (1668)

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  4. The Allegory of Faith (1674)

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  5. Girl With a Red Hat (1665)

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  6. The Art of Painting (1673)

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  7. Lady Standing at a Virginal (1675)

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  8. The Concert (1667)

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  9. The Procuress (1656)

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  10. Woman Holding a Balance (1664)

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  11. View of Delft (1660–61)

    “He took a turbulent reality, and made it look like Heaven on earth.”
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  12. The Music Lesson or A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (1662-65)

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  13. The Girl with the Wineglass (1659)

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