Woman Holding a Balance
Johannes Vermeer - 1662-1663
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In the allegorical subject the young woman weighs her worldly goods standing before a painting of the Last Judgement wherein Christ weighs the souls of men. Always a master of composition, Vermeer emphasizes the woman’s head by the placement of the picture frame behind, while the vertical line of the frame accentuates the position of the raised hand holding the scales. Note the infinitely subtle play of reflected light from the varying surfaces of gold, pearls and downy ermine.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: 1662-1663
Artist age:Approximately 31 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 40 cm (15.75 in.), Width: 36 cm (14.17 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member Irene on 07 October 2012.
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