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

Dressed in a blue fur-trimmed jacket, a woman stands alone before a table in the corner of a room. She holds the balance in her right hand and with lowered eyes waits for it to come to rest. A blue cloth, some open boxes, two strands of pearls, and a gold chain lie on the table. While the woman seems psychologically removed from us, her graceful figure and serene face suggest an inner peace.

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