Vermeer's captivating artistry has granted the artist the title as one of the most renowned artists during the renaissance era. His brilliant work is showcased in classic art galleries including the National Gallery of Art, The Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A fundamental contributor to the Dutch Golden Age
Jan Vermeer beautifully captured life in the 17th century with his near-photographic style of painting.
Typically this was an artist who would present a scene of relative simplicity and allow the viewer to construct their own narrative for it. He was also not an overly self-reflective person, rarely choosing to paint self-portraits.
There was certainly a greater subtletly to his work than, say, Bruegel's Hunters in the Snow or Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. Those had activity and detail right across the canvas, where as Vermeer would elect to pay attention to the finest detail of surfaces and textures in a gentler setting.