Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection


Vermeer On Reflection 10.9.2021
Alte Meister

Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, c. 1657-1659 Oil on canvas, 83 x 64,5 cm, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden, 1336, Dresden, © Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Photo: Wolfgang Kreische

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.

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