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Did Vermeer make mistakes? What is the Milkmaid preparing in her kitchen? Is the Girl with a Pearl Earring really a masterpiece and is her pearl a fake? Why did the artist's reputation vaporize so quickly after he died and why is he so famous today? What tricks and special colors did he use? Bolstered by his lifelong study of Vermeer and decades of experience as a professional painter, Jonathan Janson reveals Vermeer's life and art in human, down-to-earth terms.

For anyone interested in Vermeer the man and Vermeer's art, rather than his myth, 25 Things You Didn't Know about Vermeer offers rare glimpses into the artist's day-to-day experiences and struggles both inside and outside the confines of his studio.


25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know about Vermeer: Tricks, Troubles and Triumphs of a Great Dutch Master
Jonathan Janson
2021 | PDF | $6.95

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Dutch Painting

A Boy Playing a Flute

Judith Jansdr. Leyster
c. 1630
Oil on canvas, 73 x 62 cm.
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Judith Jansdr. Leyster, A Boy Playing a Flute

Judith Jansdr. LEYSTER
Haarlem 1609–Heemsteede 1660

Judith Leyster was born in Haarlem and baptized on 28 July, 1609. She was the daughter of a
Flemish-born brewer, who took his surname from his brewery in Haarlem, the Leyster (or
Lodestar). One of Frans Hals's most talented followers, she was also precocious; when only
eighteen she was mentioned as one of Haarlem's artists by Samuel Ampzing. The following year, 1628, her parents moved to Vreeland, near Utrecht, where she seems to have discovered the work of ter Brugghen. She was a member of the Haarlem guild by 1633 and soon had pupils. In 1636 she married the painter Jan Molenaer, and the following year they moved to Amsterdam. In 1648 they moved to Heemstede, near Haarlem, where she eventually died in 1660, eight years before her husband.

The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, John Nash, London, 1972

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