Family Tree of Johannes Vermeer

The parents if Maria Thins, Johannes Vermeer's mother-in-law
The only surviving image of a member of Vermeer's extended family is the above project for a stained glass window in Saint-Janskerk, Gouda which represents the grand parents of Vermeer's wife, Catharina Bolnes.

Although only a scant few archival records have survived that regard Vermeer's life and art, in recent years historians have nonetheless deduced a relatively clear picture of both his life and artistic stature.This picture has been painted blending those precious few archival documents with our extensive knowledge of 17th-century Dutch social and artistic history.

However, great part of the progress made in recent years is owed to John Michael Montias, who has patiently pieced together into a coherent whole all existing legal depositions, wills, deeds, warrants, inventories, promissory notes, and other official documents. Montias himself uncovered some extremely important documents. Their paper trail extends back two generations to Vermeer's maternal grandfather and continues in the 17th century beyond Vermeer's death. Montias' Vermeer and His Milieu: A Web of Social History now forms basis on which further study must be elaborated. It makes excellent reading and is highly recommended for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Vermeer or of Dutch 17th-century painting.

The family tree illustrated below and all the information provided about each family member was drawn from Montias' volume mentioned above.

The first notice we have of Vermeer's family is in 1598 when Vermeer's grandfather, the tailor Jan Reyersz., cashed a debt obligation and the last is when his daughter Aleydis Vermeer died in The Hague in 1749

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Beatrix Gerrits Vouck

b. c. 1585
d. c.1656

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Balthasar Claes Gerrits

b. c. 1573
d. c.1630

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Neeltge Goris
b. c.1567
d. 1627
Claes Corstiaensz
b. c. 1548
d. 1618
Reynier Balthens
b. c. 1600
d. 1653
Digna Baltens
b. c. 1595
died 1670
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1615
Reynier Janz. Vos
(alias Vermeer)
b. c. 1595
d. 1652
Anthony
Janz.
Vermeer

b. before 1629
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Trynyje Isbrantsdr.
Maertge
Jans

b. c. 1594
d. 1661
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Jan Heymensz. van der
Hoeve

b. c. 1588
d. 1660
Abigailvan Brassel
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1647
Anthony Gerritsz. I van der Wiel
c. 1620-1693
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1615
Gertruy Vermeer
1620-1670
Johannes Vermeer
1632-1675
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1653
Catharina Bolnes
c. 1631-1688
Maria
Vermeer

b. c. 1654
d. after 1713
Gertruy Vermeer
d. after 1713
Franciscus Vermeer
b. 1664
d. after 1713
Catharina Vermeer
d. after 1713
Ignatius Vermeer
d. after 1713

Audio resources

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  • Reynier Janz. Vos
  • Anthony Janz. Vermeer
  • Maertge Jans
  • Jan Heymensz. van der Hoeve
  • Gysbrecht van der Hoeve
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  • Claes Corstiaensz
  • Tanneken Balthus
  • Reynier Balthens
  • Digna Baltens
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  • Digna Baltens
  • Reynier Jansz. Vos
  • Gertruijt
  • Maria Thins
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  • Maria Thins
  • Reynier Bolnes
  • Catharina Bolnes
  • Trijntje (Catharina's nickname)
  • Willem Bolnes (Catharina's brother)
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  • Maria
  • Elizabeth
  • Cornelia
  • Aleydis
  • Beatrix
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  • Johannes
  • Gertruy
  • Franciscus
  • Catharina
  • Ignatius
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