“At the pimp,” Jan Vermeer Delftky – a description of the picture

“At the pimp,” Jan Vermeer Delftky – a description of the picture
“At the pimp,” Jan Vermeer Delftky - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Jan Vermeer
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1656

Description of the picture :

At the pimp – Jan Vermeer Delft. Oil on canvas. 143×130

   Jan Vermeer Delft is the largest master of Dutch genre and landscape painting.

   The painting “At the pimp” is one of many works of the artist in the genre of everyday stage. As almost always in the art of small Dutch, the scene makes an allegorical sense. In this case, like Rembrandt’s self-portrait with Saskia, the plot goes back to the gospel parable about the prodigal son. Vermeer has a frank episode depicted in a brothel with all the attributes of depraved life: the coin that the gentleman offers to the lady (fee for corrupt love), glasses of wine in the hands of the woman and the gentleman on the left, the vulture is probably lute, introducing into the shredded shaft of the picture allusions to music, strongly associated with love. The artist, by means of painting, transmits the content of the misan stage, which is to the viewer, one might say, a theater stage with lively and clear dialogues. Cavalier on the left, turning his eyes to the audience, as if inviting me to take part in the feast.