JAN VERMEER Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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Name: Jan Vermeer                                                                 
Born: 31 October 1632 Delft, Netherlands                                         
Died: 15 December 1675 Delft, Netherlands                                         
Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (baptized October 31, 1632, died December 15,     
1675) was a Dutch Baroque painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of 
ordinary life. His entire life was spent in the town of Delft. Vermeer was a     
moderately successful provincial painter in his lifetime. He seems to have never 
been particularly wealthy, perhaps due to the fact that he produced relatively   
few paintings, leaving his wife and eleven children in debt at his death.         
Virtually forgotten for nearly two hundred years, in 1866 the art critic Thore   
Burger published an essay attributing 66 pictures to him (only 35 paintings are   
firmly attributed to him today). Since that time Vermeer's reputation has grown, 
and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden   
Age, and is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in 
his work.