Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

oil on canvas, h 46.5cm × w 39cm × d 6.5cm More details

Enjoying a quiet, private moment, this young woman is absorbed in reading a letter in the morning light. She is still wearing her blue night jacket. All of the colours in the composition are secondary to its radiant lapis lazuli blue. Vermeer recorded the effects of light with extraordinary precision. Particularly innovative is his rendering of the woman’s skin with pale grey, and the shadows on the wall using light blue.

On display in Eregalerij

Collections with this work

Johannes Vermeer

Rijksmuseum

women

anne

22 hours ago - 9 works 18 0

March 2018

Aaron Navrady

19 hours ago - 37 works 26 0

Make your own creations with this work