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Art - The Milkmaid - Vermeer

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The Milkmaid / De Melkmeid or Het Melkmeisje

 Johannes Vermeer (Delft , the Netherlands 1632 - 1675)

Dutch Artist

Sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a "milkmaid", in fact, a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which regards it as "unquestionably one of the museum's finest attractions".

The Milkmaid is one of Vermeer’s best-known paintings. In this work, he once again captures a scene of everyday life. However, The Milkmaid is different to similar works by Vermeer: instead of an elegant, affluent young lady at leisure, we see a sturdy maid at work.

This painting is one of the first works in which Vermeer depicted a single figure in an interior. Vermeer’s majestic treatment of this simple subject makes the work exceptional. The Milkmaid has always been greatly admired, as is reflected in its appearance in various auctions throughout the centuries.


Source: Rijks Museum