With gaze lowered, a young woman stands holding a letter with both hands. It is crumpled; she is evidently not reading it for the first time. The view of her room is restricted by an illusionistically painted curtain. It also partially covers a painting depicting a youthful Cupid, the god of love – hinting at why the letter is clearly so precious to the girl.
Thanks to the recently completed restoration of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window, the blond Cupid and other details in the painting are finally visible again.