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Transcript of Jan Vermeer
he became a member of the painters' guild in 1653 In that same year (1653), he married Catharina Bolnes and had 15 children In 1662 and 1670 Jan was elected the headman of the painters' guild One of Jan's most famous pieces ... The Art of Painting c 1666-68, 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. Vermeer was known for painting exquisite, domestic interior scenes of middle class life. He only painted 2 exterior views and one of them was the view of his home town. View of Delft c 1660-61, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 in. Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands. Techniques In "The Art of Painting", the exaggerated
perspective, soft focus, and the molten highlights
suggest the use of a camera obscura. A camera obscura is like a little black box
with a pinhole in it to allow a brightly lit image to be projected onto a screen. - a simple obscura will invert the image but mirrors can turn it the right way up. Vermeer had an ability to create an almost tangible
illusion of different surface textures. Pinpoints of light pick out the woven stitches on the curtain. there are only 35 paintings known to be by him More of Jan's paintings ... The Milkmaid c 1657-58, oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 16 1/4in. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlends. Girl with a Pearl Earing c 1665-66, oil on canvas, 171/4 x 15 1/4 in. Mautitshuis, The Hague, Netherlands. Bibliography "Art", Forwarded by Ross King This painting is of a painter painting a female in his studio, by a window, with a large map of the Netherlands on the wall behind.