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 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 painting by Vermeer
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 painting by Vermeer
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 painting by Vermeer
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.
Self Portrait painting by Vermeer
Woman Holding a Balance painting by Vermeer
Woman Holding a Balance
Girl with a Red Hat painting by Vermeer
Girl with a Red Hat
Young Dutch Woman with a Water Pitcher painting by Vermeer
Young Dutch Woman with a Water Pitcher
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 painting by Vermeer
Lacemaker painting by Vermeer
Street in Delft painting by Vermeer
Girl Reading a Letter painting by Vermeer
Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid painting by Vermeer
Lady Standing at the Virginal painting by Vermeer
Girl Asleep at a Table painting by Vermeer
Wall Tapestry painting by Vermeer
Girl with a Flute painting by Vermeer
Woman with a Pearl Necklace painting by Vermeer
Guitar Player painting by Vermeer
Painter in His Studio painting by Vermeer
Allegory of Painting painting by Vermeer
Lute Player painting by Vermeer
Woman Weighing Gold painting by Vermeer
Painter and His Model as Klio painting by Vermeer
Vermeer in his Studio painting by Vermeer
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