Artist: Johannes Vermeer
Title: A Lady Writing a Letter
Date: ca. 1665
Technique: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 45 x 39,9 cm
Location: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Jan Vermeer manipulated reality as he created light effects, which translate into a sense of depth and volume, making light an intrinsic part of his works.
Vermeer’s refined scenes result from a harmonious, serene and sophisticated use of delicate transition between areas of light and shade. The mystifying nature of his figures were further intensified, through the unique and magnificent observation and organization of the space, according to light (and its shadow). .
Creating a world unto themselves, his masterful creations, speak of a light that is subtle, delicate, enigmatic and poetical. If Caravaggio’s world of intense contrasts and harsh effects speak of drama, violence, and self imposition, Vermeer’s delicate universe is a stance on the hidden and mysterious nature of the human soul.