Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance , c. 1664, National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection
The poetry of Vermeer's paintings
is immediate and recognizable. In Vermeer's hands, the stillness of the scene, the woman's concentration
on her task, and the soft light that gently illuminates the room become
at once heightened and familiar. Through his sensitivity to light, color,
and composition, Vermeer transforms seemingly ordinary subjects into expressions
of perfect balance and harmony.