The Lacemaker is the smallest genre painting produced by the Dutch artist Johannes (Jan) Vermeer, dating back to sometime after 1670. This stunning piece of artwork is incredibly small and compact, with a size of only 9 inches by 8 inches. It is currently located in the Louvre Museum, Paris and presents a young woman dressed in a yellow shawl diligently working on her bobbin lace. She holds up a pair of bobbins in her left hand as she carefully places a pin in the pillow on which she is making her lacework. This exquisite painting, one of Vermeer’s most beloved works, allows us to view this young woman as she delicately bends over her work and tightly holds onto her bobbins and pins.
The Lacemaker offers viewers a glimpse into the artistry and dedication of Vermeer’s work during his final years. It beautifully shows the attention to detail and focus given to this exceptional painting, allowing us to appreciate how extraordinary artwork can truly be. As remarkable as The Lacemaker may be, it’s only one example of Jan Vermeer’s body of work – we can be equally amazed by The Art Of Painting or Girl With A Pearl Earring both completed during his lifetime between 1666-1673.