Glass half dome paperweight with image of Lady Pouring Milk Milkmaid from the Dutch Golden Age and Renaissance. It is typical of Vermeer's paintings in that he likes to study how light diffuses and reflects over interior scenes. It is a still life study of the milk, pitcher, and food illuminated by light pouring in from outside the canvas to illuminate it. But he also paints a scene from every day life of a milkmaid performing her daily activities. As a vibrant contrast to the golden hues, Vermeer has enveloped her skirt in a rich blue.
- Glass paperweight comes in an elegant presentation box with sateen lining suitable as a corporate or graduation gift.
- Part of the Parastone Museum Gift Collection. PN PVER2.
- Measures: 3 in W x 3 in L x 1.5 in H. Weight 0.9 lbs.
Although Vermeer is now considered, one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age, very little is known about his life. Initially, Vermeer painted large history pieces as did many of his contemporaries. However, he soon focused on the interiors which would later make him famous. He was commissioned to create the latter by a select group of collectors. The works were expensive because Vermeer could paint no more than three of them per year. He was rapidly forgotten after his death, only to be rediscovered in the 19th century.