Vermeer: The Lacemaker, Coin Pouch

About the Artist

Elegant, luminous, and serene, the paintings of Johannes Vermeer entrance the eye and calm the spirit. The Dutch Renaissance master's command of light, color, and texture has captivated art enthusiasts for centuries. Early in his career, he seemed to aspire to be a history painter, for his first works were large-scale mythological and religious paintings. He then began to paint the genre scenes, landscapes, and allegories for which he has become so renowned. While Vermeer's subject matter changed in the mid-1650s, he nevertheless continued to imbue his later works with the quiet, intimate moods he preferred in his early history paintings. His paintings of pale beauties in rich costumes, caught in moments of stillness and silence, are among the most loved works in museums worldwide.

Vermeer: The Lacemaker, Coin Pouch

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This coin pouch shows a detail of Johannes Vermeer's The Lacemaker on the front, with a solid turquoise fabric on the back. Frequently depicted in Dutch literature and painting, the theme of the lacemaker illustrates feminine domestic virtues, while the small book in the foreground—most likely the Bible—reinforces the painting's moral interpretation. The subject is also an example of Vermeer's fascination with capturing glimpses of everyday, private domesticity.

  • 5.9 x 8.3 inches

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