A Woman Asleep (c. 1657) by Jan Vermeer

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TitleA Woman Asleep
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec.1656 - c.1657
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions87.6 x 76.5 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, US
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About A Woman Asleep

Jan Vermeer’s “A Woman Asleep” is a painting created around 1657, which brilliantly captures the notion of restricted space. The woman in the painting can either be sleeping or inebriated and is placed between a table and a half-opened door leading to another room. The painting uses brown and yellow ochre, lead-tin pigments, according to pigment analysis, with great attention to detail.

Vermeer’s oeuvre had about 35 authentic paintings still known today, making him relatively unknown during his life. His works often showcase maps or globes, as seen in “The Geographer.” “A Woman Asleep” is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and may not be lent elsewhere under the terms of the donor’s bequest.

In summary, Jan Vermeer’s “A Woman Asleep” is an excellent representation of confined space with careful attention given to detail. With only 35 authentic paintings left today from his oeuvre, it showcases charts or globes like other famous works by Vermeer. While it may not be loaned due to specifics regarding its acquisition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City., one can still view it there.

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