Creation Date: c.
Size: 45 ×
35 inch (114.3 × 88.9 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA
I recently read some criticism of this painting that said Vermeer's departure from his usually intimate, introspective imagery in favor of this semi-bombastic depiction of religious passion falls flat. I agree. This ode to faith doesn't appeal to me in terms of content, but it also doesn't interest me in the way it's presented. I'm not a fan of artistic "symbol adding" where a scene is loaded with pre-established symbols for different things, all of which add up to a grand statement. Apparently, it is not known why Vermeer decided to paint such an image as he was not particularly passionate about religion throughout his life.