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With a mere 35 known works, Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) has left an indelible mark on art history, earning recognition as one of the most significant and inspiring artists. His paintings have sparked a New York Times bestseller, a film starring Scarlett Johansson, and record-breaking visitor numbers at art institutions worldwide, from Amsterdam to Washington.

Vermeer's subjects revolve around the everyday activities of domestic life, capturing moments of letter writing, music playing, and kitchen preparations. His meticulous attention to detail, mastery of light, and exceptional storytelling ability captivate viewers. Iconic pieces such as Lady Standing at a Virginal, A Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, and the mesmerizing Girl with a Pearl Earring not only showcase his skill in rendering substance and texture but also hint at the untold stories and mysteries hidden beneath the surface.

This essential introduction features all of Vermeer's known works accompanied by concise and accessible texts, delving into his prominent position in art history and his unparalleled talent in bringing oil paint to life, immersing viewers in vivid scenes of human existence.

    • English edition
    • Product Type: Monograph, Hardcover
    • 96 pages, with 100 illustrations
    • Published in 2016
    • Shipping Dimensions: 10.2 × 8.3 × 0.6 inches  (25.9 × 21.1 × 1.5 cm)
    • Shipping Weight: 1.24 lb (19.8 oz; 562 g)
    • SKU010003173 | 9783836504898

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    All Products | Basic Art Series Monographs | Books & Media | Gifts Under $25 | Johannes Vermeer | Monographs | Taschen
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    Johannes Vermeer (self portrait)

    About the Artist

    Johannes Vermeer

    Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) stands as one of the most enigmatic figures in art history. Little is known about his life, adding an air of mystery to his extraordinary body of work. Born and based in Delft, the Netherlands, Vermeer was a master of light, composition, and meticulous detail. Vermeer's paintings offer glimpses into everyday life, often featuring domestic scenes, intimate interiors, and female subjects engaged in daily activities. His exceptional ability to capture the effects of light and create a sense of stillness and serenity in his compositions has earned him admiration and acclaim.


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