Vermeer

Vermeer paintings are major items from the Dutch Golden Age which represents the finest period in Dutch art history. Vermeer himself was a skilled artist who is best remembered for his portraits of women as seen in his Girl with a Pearl Earring oil painting.

This particular work has brought about a huge amount of exposure and study over several centuries and you can see it below alongside a collection of 25 of his finest paintings. You can also find Vermeer paintings here.

Johannes Vermeer came from Delft in the Netherlands, as it is now, and created a series of exceptional paintings in the mid-17th century though his life was ended prematurely at the age of 43 at a time when he was really starting to reach his peak as an artist.

It is likely that future years could have brought new styles and techniques into his career but what we were left with is a consistent approach to Baroque portraits with around 34 in total attributed to Vermeer.

Vermeer paintings certainly underline his influences which predominantly came from Carel Fabritius, Leonaert Bramer and Dirck van Baburen. Many believe that Vermeer actually received training from Carel Fabritius, who was a pupil of Rembrandt, but this has never been proven.

The Dutch Golden Age is well known for having these clear links between it's significant members and these teachings helped to keep the movement going for several generations.

The style of the Dutch Golden Age has made it's paintings very popular with art fans from within the modern era and Vermeer is one of it's spearheads thanks to paintings such as Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Typically, these style of paintings are best suited to framed giclee art prints which offer the most accurate reproduction of the detail and colour found within the artist's original paintings though many posters and stretched canvas reproductions are also sold frequently.

Milkmaid

Milkmaid is another well known painting from Vermeer and represents a role in Dutch society which always held importance. Milkmaids would often be simple women who would do necessary jobs for the up keep of families though who would also sometimes be alluring to husbands who would sometimes try to take advantage of their position as an employer.

Vermeer as seen in Milkmaid and the like was always interested in depicting the lives of common people and found inspiration in their lives where as traditionally artists had always been more attracted to covering the rich and famous instead. Similar examples to Vermeer have been Vincent van Gogh as seen in his Potato Eaters masterpiece which covered the real darkness in the lives of Dutch peasants many years later.

View of Delft

View of Delft features the city of Vermeer's life and the great love he had for his native city is shown in the large number of landscape scenes which he created of it.

Vermeer was relatively unambitious in terms of travel and was happy to spend most of his life in Delft where he could concentrate on his art in beautiful surroundings. Several rivers pass through this region which allows for many different scenes across the town.

Many artists from centuries ago became temporaily forgotten about until being rediscovered later on and Vermeer is certainly one of these.

Without an overstated personality his name had been lost from the classification as a major Dutch artist of this time until Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger produced discussion of his career in the 19th century which regained exposure to his career which has continued to rise up to the present day.

Astronomer

Astronomer above is a typical scene for Vermeer who would normally like to capture people within their own homes whilst at work, although astronomy is some what different to the jobs his subjects would normally be doing.

All of the paintings included within this website cover the vast majority of Vermeer's career but there is a full list of paintings attributed to Vermeer further down this page. Each of the images displayed here links through to where you can buy your own high quality reproduction copy of it to add to your own home or office, for those who appreciate his artistic talents.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring has been given several names over the years since Vermeer painted it in 1665. It's other names that have since been used include Girl In A Turban, Head Of Girl In A Turban and The Young Girl With Turban.

Nowadays turbans are seen as predominantly for religious use and the painting is consistently called Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has also become the title for a movie which covers the life of the woman portrayed in the work.

Concert

Concert

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Woman Holding a Balance

Woman Holding a Balance

Girl with a Red Hat

Girl with a Red Hat

Young Dutch Woman with a Water Pitcher

Young Dutch Woman with a Water Pitcher

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

Lacemaker

Lacemaker

Street in Delft

Street in Delft

Girl Reading a Letter

Girl Reading a Letter

Vermeer in his Studio

Vermeer in his Studio

Girl with a Flute

Girl with a Flute

Girl Asleep at a Table

Girl Asleep at a Table

Woman with a Pearl Necklace

Woman with a Pearl Necklace

Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid

Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid

Lute Player

Lute Player

Lady Standing at the Virginal

Lady Standing at the Virginal

Wall Tapestry

Wall Tapestry

List of Famous Vermeer Paintings

Please see below for a summarised list of the best Vermeer paintings that are featured throughout this website.

  • Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
  • Diana and Her Companions
  • The Procuress
  • Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window
  • A Girl Asleep
  • A Maid Asleep
  • The Little Street
  • Officer with a Laughing Girl
  • Officer and Laughing Girl
  • The Milkmaid
  • The Wine Glass
  • A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman
  • The Glass of Wine
  • The Girl with the Wineglass
  • View of Delft
  • Girl Interrupted at her Music
  • Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
  • The Music Lesson
  • Woman with a Lute
  • Woman with a Pearl Necklace
  • Woman with a Water Jug
  • Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
  • A Woman Holding a Balance
  • A Lady Writing a Letter
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • Girl In A Turban
  • Head Of Girl In A Turban
  • The Young Girl With Turban
  • The Concert
  • Portrait of a Young Woman
  • Study of a Young Woman
  • The Allegory of Painting
  • The Art of Painting
  • Mistress and Maid
  • Girl with a Red Hat
  • The Astronomer
  • The Geographer
  • The Lacemaker
  • The Love Letter
  • Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid
  • The Allegory of Faith
  • The Guitar Player
  • Lady Standing at a Virginal
  • Young Woman Standing at a Virginal
  • Lady Seated at a Virginal
  • Saint Praxedis
  • Girl with a Flute
  • A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals