Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675) – Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman, early 1660s (Oil on canvas. Royal Collection Trust) – Light is admitted through the windows on the left and fills the room, casting only soft, subtle shadows. A striking feature of the composition in this part is the mirror on the wall where the slightly blurred reflections include the young woman’s face, part of the table and the legs of an artist’s easel. The implication of this glimpsed easel is that Vermeer shares the same space as the figures he is depicting, but he is also, like the viewer, standing outside that space…

Johannes Vermeer - Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman

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