“A girl reading a letter from an open window,” Jan Vermeer – a description of the picture

“A girl reading a letter from an open window,” Jan Vermeer – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Jan Vermeer
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1657

Description of the picture :

The girl reading the letter at the opened window is Jan Vermeer Delft. Oil on canvas. 83×64.5

   The motive of writing is often found in Vermeer’s paintings (1632-1675) and is always embodied in the image of a heroine reading a message from a lover who is far from her.

   It is noteworthy that on the presented canvas the artist planned to depict the amura with the letter. This is evidenced by studies of x-ray rays that have shown a pattern of amur. Thus, the symbolic meaning of the whole scene is beyond doubt. Researcher Norbert Schneider even saw in still life and crumpled tablecloths on the table symbols of a broken vow of marital fidelity and extramarital relations. Apples and peaches are an allusion to the biblical history of the fall.