The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer: Great Art Explained

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By the mid 17th century, the art being produced in Catholic countries had become a powerful tool of propaganda, characterized by a heightened sense of drama, movement, and theatricality that had never been seen before.

But in the Protestant Netherlands, a new wave of realism was sweeping across the country. Johannes Vermeer was producing simple domestic interiors of middle-class life. His paintings were quiet, private, and unassuming. Secular works that contained stories of real human relationships.

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Chinese subtitles by Xue Charles
Dutch Subtitles by Bart Vergouwe
French Subtitles by Ludivine Desriac

Title Sequence by Brian Adsit (instagram and Behance

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PRO – Tim’s Vermeer –

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Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
by Adriaan Waiboer, Arthur K. Wheelock.
Vermeer by Norbert Schneider
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the lost techniques of the Old Masters by David Hockney
Vermeer’s Camera: Uncovering the Truth Behind the Masterpieces
by Philip Steadman
Vermeer: A View of Delft by Anthony Bailey
Traces of Vermeer by Jane Jelley

Beginning – Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen
Throughout – Jan Pietersoon Sweelinck: Lascia filli mia cara

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