detail in The Music Lesson (c. 1662-1665) by Jan Vermeer

detail in The Music Lesson - Jan Vermeer - c.1662 - c.1665

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Titledetail in The Music Lesson
ArtistJan Vermeer
Datec.1662 - c.1665
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions64.5 x 73.3 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationRoyal Collection (Buckingham Palace), London, UK
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About detail in The Music Lesson

The Music Lesson, a medium-sized painting by Johannes Vermeer dating back to 1662-1665, depicts a young female pupil receiving music instruction from an older man. The painting is considered a transitional art piece that showcases the artist’s exquisite masterful technique. Vermeer applied layers of color to the table cover to create an intricate pattern of design to showcase his deliberate painting practice and persistent search for artistic perfection.

Vermeer’s deliberate use of a limited palette in the painting is worth noting since he achieves diverse ranges of colors through this practice. Furthermore, the influence of Caravaggio on Vermeer is apparent since elements from his time at the Guild of St Luke can be detected in the painting. The sizeable dimensions of 74.6 × 64.1 centimeters (29.4 × 25.2 inches) make this piece even more special.

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