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? What tricks and special colors did he use?
Bolstered by his lifelong study of Vermeer and by his decades of experience as a professional painter, Jonathan Janson, author of the Essential Vermeer website, takes an original stance and explains Vermeer's life and work in more human and down-to-earth terms. In this lavishing illustrated study, the author offers 25 rare glimpses into the artist's day-to-day experiences and struggles both inside and outside the confines of his studio.