Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer (1632—1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter known for his depictions of middle-class society.

Johannes Vermeer Summary

  • Born in Delft, in Holland, to a Reformed Church artisan family
  • Painted a relatively small number of works (less than 50) of which 34 survive today
  • Converted to Catholicism through marriage and exhibited firm faith in his work
  • Though his formation is mysterious, became a struggling genre painter
  • Made lavish use of the expensive lapis lazuli pigment and rich colors in general
  • Witnessed the 1654 gunpowder explosion in Delft and the Dutch ‘Year of Disaster’ of 1672
  • Died from illness, left his wife with a significant amount of debt

Johannes Vermeer’s Famous Paintings

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *