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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.
c Oil on canvas.
Design Date: Ca. 1666 (signed).
In this painting Vermeer went beyond mere genre painting to produce a rich allegory of painting in a double sense. For all the numerous allegorical tools of Baroque art, the painting still might not be convincing were it not a masterpiece of pure painting. From a darkened room, one looks past a parted curtain, past the intentionally oversized chair into the luminous studio of the artist. The rich dress of the painter seen from behind is strangely old-fashioned.
Style: Dutch Baroque.
Period: Dutch Baroque Era.
Kunsthistorisches Museum. ID=AVK
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Detail of the artist.