Johannes Vermeer

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, ca. 1670-1675
London (England), National Gallery (London), [..]
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Illustration number 1000276118
Dimensions: 2514x2817 pixels
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Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 51.5 x 45.5 cm
Information about the signature, dating, inscription or any other mark on the front or back of the art work
Current attribution
Johannes Vermeer
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1670-1675 (1670 - 1675)
c. 1675 (Wheelock 1997); c. 1670-1672 (Liedtke 2008); c. 1672-1674 (Franits 2015)
Artistically related
Artistically related to other work
Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
  • inspired by
    Gerard Dou, Jonge vrouw aan een klavichord
    Vermeer repeated the key elements from Dou's composition: the woman seated at a keyboard, glancing coyly outward. He also adopted the viola da gamba, the blue dress, the window on the left and the draped curtain which frames the scene and functions as a bridge between the pictorial space and that of the beholder. (Waiboer et al. 2017, p. 139)

  • used as model for
    Cornelis de Man, Musicerend paar
    De Man adopted the main motif of a woman seated at a keyboard instrument and looking up to the beholder, the use of full-length figures and the tiled floor. (as observed by A. Waiboer)

  • contains artwork by
    Dirck van Baburen, De koppelaarster
    The painting by Dirck van Baburen was owned by Vermeer's mother-in-law Maria Thins (Wheelock 1997)

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Technical documentation
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Creation date: 2013-05-08; Last modified date: 2022-09-19


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