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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 14 PROFILES IN ART

Jan Vermeer (1632-1675)

A MASTER OF LIGHT

 

Johannes (Jan) Vermeer was born in 1632 in Delft, Holland, where he also spent most of his life. He married Catharina Bolnes in 1653, with whom he had 15 children. He is believed to have enjoyed a happy home life, despite an antagonistic relationship with his live-in mother-in-law.

 

Vermeer’s compositions, rendered with geometrical precision, exemplify repoussoir (French for “to push back”), a technique used to give the illusion of depth by situating large objects or figures in the foreground. Vermeer’s art hails from the Delft School, which is characterized by scenes ...

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