Woman With A Lute, ca 1662-1663
One of my favorite painters is Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Only about 36 paintings are known to exist of his hand.
overview of all his paintings
One of his most famous paintings is The Girl With The Pearl Earring, I've seen this in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Acually, I've seen 10 of his paintings (3 in The Hague, 4 in Amsterdam, 2 in Berlin, 1 in Vienna). These are the Vermeers located in the US:
Vermeer's paintings in the US
So all the Vermeers are shown in museums located at the East Coast. But when regular blog visiter Mary pointed me to the direction of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena I noticed a Vermeer is shown over there, albeit temporarily: The Woman With A Lute. It has al the characteristics of Vermeer: a girl in the light from the window in his studio. And in the background a map; just take a look at the map, it's brilliantly depicted..
The map of Europe has been made by either Joducus Hondius or Joan Blaeu.
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