One of the Greatest Painters of the Dutch Golden Age: 23 Beautiful Paintings by Johannes Vermeer in the Mid-17th Century

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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life. He was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime but evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.

Beautiful paintings by Johannes Vermeer in the mid-17th century

Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.

“Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women.”

Vermeer was recognized during his lifetime in Delft and The Hague, but his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity after his death. In the 19th century, he was rediscovered by Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger, who published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him, although only 34 paintings are universally attributed to him today. Since that time, Vermeer’s reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

Like some major Dutch Golden Age artists such as Frans Hals and Rembrandt, Vermeer never went abroad. Similar to Rembrandt, he was an avid art collector and dealer.

These amazing pics of beautiful paintings are part of Vermeer’s work from between the 1650s and 1670s.

A Maid Asleep (Oil on canvas), circa 1656-57

The Procuress (Oil on canvas), 1656

“De Soldaat en het Lachende Meisje” “Officer and Laughing Girl” (Oil on canvas), circa 1657

Girl Reading a Letter (Oil on canvas), circa 16 57-59

The Milkmaid (Oil on canvas), circa 1660

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