Jan Vermeer (b. Delft 1632 - d. Delft, 1675), Dutch Baroque painter also known as Johannes van der Meer van Delft.
Only 35 of Vermeer's canvases have survived. In his works, he recorded the effects of light with a subtlety, delicacy, and purity of color that probably never have been surpassed.  His most frequent subjects were genre, landscape and intimate interiors often with the solitary figure of a woman.
A painter who excelled in portraying comfortable interior scenes that are composed with mathematical clarity and suffused with cool, silvery light. He is considered one of the greatest Dutch painters.
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