“Lady at the Virgin,” Jan Vermeer – a description of the picture
- Posted by Jan Vermeer
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: Around 1670-1672
Description of the picture :
The lady at the barbard is Jan Vermeer Delft. Around 1670-1672. Oil on canvas. 51.8×45.2
Jan Vermeer Delft is the largest master of Dutch painting, the greatest representative of the golden age of Dutch art.
The National Gallery stores two paintings by the artist, both with musical, and specifically with keyboard stories. The works depict a young woman behind a barbard and, in addition to the music scene, contain some kind of allegorical meaning: in their informative context, a love theme is traced.
The canvas depicts a room with two paintings hanging on the wall. On one – Amur holding a playing card (according to the experts of the Gallery) or a letter (and then, of course, it is a love one). In Vermeer’s pair painting, as a decoration of the shown interior, there is also a picturesque work. It was found that the master reproduced the “Witch” by Dirk van Baburen (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), thus again touched on this topic.
Documentary evidence of the circumstances and time of creating the canvas, like most of Vermeer’s works, has not been preserved. His dating is based on the stylistic features of the artist’s letter.