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

The balance point of the scales is exactly at the center of the painting. The woman's hands, the jewelry, and the tabletop form the shape of a pyramid. This imaginary pyramid supports the woman's hand and encloses the balance.

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