Vermeer & Delft

I continue a bit on Vermeer and his home town Delft in Holland. He lived in Delft 1632-1675. The center of this old city send you back to his time.

 

 

His own painting from the city is quite similar to the photos taken last year.

Street in Delft c. 1657-58 Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

Street in Delft c. 1657-58
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

His veiled emotions can be discovered in his paintings. One theme is a woman reading a love letter in room with an open window. On the bed is a plate with fruit. The open window is the longing out for freedom and the fruit is Eves forbidden fruit.

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter c. 1662-64 Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter c. 1662-64
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum

 

Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window c.1657 Dresden, Gemäldegalerie

Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window c.1657
Dresden, Gemäldegalerie

At the National Gallery in London I once saw a photo made by a modern artist on the same subject.

Young woman reading a letter with a baby on the bed Tom Hunter(born 1965)

Young woman reading a letter with a baby on the bed
Tom Hunter(born 1965)

The milkmaid painting was already at Vermeer’s time the most valuable. She is shown to be as she should behave, modest and diligent.

The Milk maid by Vermeer at the Rikjs Museum Amsterdam

The Milkmaid by Vermeer at the Rijks Museum Amsterdam

I have been inspired by the book on Vermeer 1632-1675 “Veiled Emotions” by Norbert Schneider and via my own journeys to Holland and museums where Vermeer’s paintings can be seen.

The Age of Enlightenment is also clearly seen in his paintings shown by globes, maps and instruments used by scientists, astrologers and astronomer and geographers. Also they had to hide behind curtains.

 

 

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