Selected works by Johannes Vermeer, master of the use of light and shadow.
Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch painter of the Baroque period most famous for capturing in exquisite detail the tranquil scenes of daily life in domestic interior settings. He is particularly renowned for the sharp contrasts created by his delicate use of light and shadow, as well as as his perspective-correct paintings.
Although only 35 of his paintings survive, Vermeer is considered one of the greatest artists of the Dutch Golden Age. To celebrate his talent, Google dedicated a Doodle to Vermeer on Friday — the 26th anniversary of the opening of an exhibition at Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art featuring 21 of his works.
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He’s well-regarded today, but that wasn’t always the case. Vermeer was born in Delft, Holland, in 1632, but little is known about Vermeer’s life, as none of his personal writings…