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Vermeer, Johannes, 1632-1675.
e Artist : painter : story teller.
Allegory of Painting.
The Artist in His Studio : The Art of Painting.
b 130 x 110 cm.
Oil on canvas.
Design Date: Ca. 1666 (signed).
This painting was long called The Artist in His Studio, and we may in effect presume that the artist seen from behind was himself. However, the intention of representing an allegory is stronger here than in all other Vermeer's works. The heavy curtain on the left, which lets the viewer partake of the scene, has decidedly theatrical connotations. So does the young girl whom the artist portrays, and whose crown of laurel easily identifies her as Fame. A connection with Clio, the muse of history, also exists. She holds a trumpet and a book of Thucydides.
Style: Dutch Baroque.
Period: Dutch Baroque Era.
oil paintings --
Kunsthistorisches Museum. ID=AVK
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)