Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675) was born in the thriving city of Delft and lived there all his life. The circumstances of his art training are unclear, but by 1653, at the age of twenty-one, he registered as a master painter in Saint Luke's Guild. His aspiration at that time seems to have been to become a history painter, for his first works were large-scale mythological and religious paintings. Shortly thereafter he began to paint the genre scenes, landscapes, and allegories for which he has become renowned. While Vermeer's subject matter changed in the mid-1650s, he nevertheless continued to imbue his later works with the quiet, intimate moods of his early history paintings. The four images in this note card set are from the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington._
- 20 note cards with envelopes, 5 each of 4 images: Woman Holding a Balance, c. 1664; Girl with a Flute, probably 1665/1670; A Lady Writing, c. 1665; Girl with the Red Hat, c. 1665/1666.