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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

Still Life with Fruit and Dead Fowl

Harmen Steenwyck
c. 1630
77.5 x 102 cm.
Private Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut
Still Life with Fruit and Dead Fowl, Harmen Steenwyck

1612, Delft–1656, Leiden

Dutch painter. Harmen Steenwijck and his painter brother Pieter (c. 1615–after 1654) were the sons of a spectacle and lens maker who lived in Delft from 1590s to 1654. Both sons became pupils of their relative David Bailly who lived and worked in Leiden. Harmen studied there between 1628–1633. He moved from Leiden to Delft in 1628 and shared a studio with his brother. In 1654 he traveled to the East Indies, returning to Holland the following year. He worked in a luminous and illusionistic manner, resembling that of Bailly, Dou and Lievens.

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