January 8, 2012

Johannes Vermeer's "A Girl Asleep" or "Girl Asleep at a Table"

Nationality: Dutch
Born-Died: 1632-1675

Creation Date: 1656
Size: 34.5 × 30.1 inch (87.6 × 76.5 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA

Some interesesting facts about this painting:

1. When this piece was painted the practice of including a doorway or window was quite common and was called a doorkijkje

2. The painting of cupid on the wall behind the girl was used in another one of Vermeer's paintings called Young Girl Standing at a Virginal

3. According to x-ray photographs taken of this painting, subjects such as a man and a dog were originally included in the image, but were later painted out. 

4. At this time it was not uncommon for works to have multiple titles since titles were more like cataloging descriptions rather than avenues for artistic expression.  In 1696 this painting was recorded as Drunken, Sleeping Maiden at a Table

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