Study of a Young Woman

Johannes Vermeer Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 614

Soft light illuminates the face of a young woman dressed in clothing and costume jewelry that would have struck seventeenth-century Dutch viewers as exotic. Like Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring (ca. 1665; Mauritshuis, The Hague), this painting was most likely not a commissioned portrait, but rather a so-called tronie, a portrayal of an intriguing individual, often in fanciful costume.

#5041. Study of a Young Woman

Study of a Young Woman, Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft 1632–1675 Delft), Oil on canvas

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