Wednesday, 27 April 2016

W = Windows Patterns in Vermeer´s Paintings

If we pay attention to more than one dozen of Vermeer´s paintings we can notice that the greater part of the artist’s oeuvre, are of course representations of domestic interiors and that just a few of these show distinctive and unique spaces.
The great majority of them seem to depict just a few rooms repeatedly, with sitters and furniture rearranged. It is possible to draw some tentative conclusions about how many rooms might be involved, by making an inventory of their architectural features: floor tiles, wooden ceilings, and characteristic patterns of leading in the window panes.
Paying attention to the patterns that Johannes Vermeer followed when drawing the windows of his paintings, we can notice how the main motives are based mainly on squares and on circles. To prove this, just look at the following photos in which a comparison between different paintings is developed:

A                                    B                                           C

A = The glass of wine
B = The girl with the wine glass
C = The Music Lesson

Not the same stained glass windows we see in his paintings, but they look very much alike. He definitely used the same motives in his windows, always bringing the light from the left.

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  1. Hadn't really paid much attention to which side the light came from and how the windows were so similar until you pointed it out. Thanks Han!

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

    1. Yes, if you see all the paintings, scholars find evidence how Vermeers studio must have looked like.
      Or so they assume...


  2. I saw it. I thought, he was painting allways with window at left side.

    Mona Lisa.

    1. You did notice? How wonderful. Yes, always light from the left, even if there is no window at all...



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