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Arts feature

How Vermeer learnt to embrace the everyday – and transfigured it

Laura Gascoigne on Vermeer’s women

18 February 2023

9:00 AM

18 February 2023

9:00 AM

Has any artist ever painted fewer pictures than Johannes Vermeer? At the last authenticated count there were 37 still in existence, and five more are known from references in early sources. With allowance for wastage and disappearance historians estimate that he produced no more than 50, a rate of two a year over a career spanning two decades.

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