Woman Holding a BalanceJohannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance , c. 1664, National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection

Light flows from a window, accentuating a hand, a sleeve, a face.

It washes across the wall, revealing a painting of the Last Judgment. It shimmers across gold and pearl jewelry.

In the center hangs a balance, empty but for the light itself.

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