Spend 5 minutes sitting in silence, looking at this painting.
Some things to reflect on while looking in silence
\ How do you feel while looking at the painting?
\ What do you notice? What is your eye drawn to?
The artist's lines and marks
The forms and shapes
\ What is the mood and atmosphere in the painting?
\ Why do you think the artist created the painting?
About the painting
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid, c.1670
Vermeer’s work displays an unprecedented level of artistic mastery in its illusion of reality. His figures are often quiet and inactive, which contributes to the solemn and mysterious atmosphere of his paintings. He produced a small number of paintings in his lifetime; probably as few as 36 pictures have survived. This painting is one of Vermeer’s most ingenious compositions of his late career. While a maidservant stares out of a window, her mistress writes a letter. In the foreground on the floor, lie a red seal, a stick of sealing wax and an object which is probably a letter-writing manual, a standard aid for personal correspondence at the time.
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