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, as 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.
This small notebook with lined pages features 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer's most well-known painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), on the cover. This work belongs to the Dutch tradition of tronie, the painting of a head or face not as portraiture, but to show interesting characteristics, expressions, or poses. Set in no specific place or era, the subject is seen as a personification of beauty and charm, with universal appeal.
- 3.7 x 5.9 inches
- 56 pages
- Lined pages and elastic closure band