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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 175 A PICTURE’S WORTH 1000 200 WORDS

The Milkmaid

JOHANNES VERMEER, C. 1658-1660

 

In his classic book The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich describes Jan Vermeer’s paintings as “still lifes with humans.”19 The Milkmaid (also called The Kitchen Maid) perfectly suits this description. Today, this is one of Vermeer’s most beloved works, and in one significant way The Milkmaid is unlike most of artwork we’ve reflected on so far—it actually enjoyed popular acclaim at the time it was painted.

 

Part of The Milkmaid’s charm lies in its subject matter. The scene is simple and private. The soft, warm light that falls into the room creates a peaceful ...

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