Young Woman Standing at a Virginal by Johannes Vermeer A5 postcard

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21 x 14.8 cm

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A5 (14.8 x 21 cm) single postcard featuring Young Woman Standing at a Virginal by Johannes Vermeer, from the collection of The National Gallery in London, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening in 1824.

Johannes Vermeer’s, Young Woman Standing at a Virginal is a beautiful painting depicting a richly dressed lady playing a virginal surrounded by artworks and traditional Dutch marble-tiled floor, and Delft blue and white tiles. This painting is 1 of 35 known works attributed to Vermeer and as with most of Vermeer's work, the painting is undated.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is one of the great Dutch masters. Vermeer was born in Delft in 1632, and it is said that he began his artistic career as a pupil of history painter, Leonaert Bramer. Vermeer's earliest artworks from the 1650s include religious and mythological scenes and were possibly influenced by Caravaggio's followers in Utrecht, such as Hendrik ter Brugghen. As his style developed, he became renowned for his meticulous paintings of Dutch interiors, which reflected his fascination with optical effects and serenely balanced compositions. He became a master in the Delft painters' guild in 1653 and in his lifetime produced a total of 35 paintings over a long period of time.

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