February 4, 2012

Johannes Vermeer's "The Geographer"

Nationality: Dutch
Born-Died: 1632-1675
Creation Date: c. 1668
Size: 20 × 17.9 inch (52 × 45.5 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany

Another wonderful "Romantic" painting by Vermeer.  It has been suggested that the model might have been Anthonie van Leeuwenhoek (see below), the father of microbiology.  Vermeer and Leeuwenhoek certainly knew one another.  Not only is there a historical account of Vermeer having the chance to look through one of Leeuwenhoek's microscopes to see microbes within a drop of water, but Leeuwenhoek was hired to manage Vermeer's estates after he died.  

Do you see any similarities between these two paintings?

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