Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, 1663 Click Image to view detail. The discreet waiting maid pulls aside a curtain hanging from a rod to reveal a choppy seascape, possibly but not demonstrably a reference to the popular adage that love is as hazardous as a sea voyage. Woman Reading a Letter, a painting from around 1663 by Johannes Vermeer This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Woman Reading a Letter . We see no emotions here. The full text of the article is here →, {{$parent.$parent.validationModel['duplicate']}}, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_in_Blue_Reading_a_Letter, 1-{{getCurrentCount()}} out of {{getTotalCount()}}, Woman reading a letter (Woman in Blue Reading a Letter), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_in_Blue_Reading_a_Letter. Alternatively, the box of pearls barely visible on the table before the woman might suggest a lover as pearls are sometimes a symbol of vanity. The curtain over the painting is not an unusual detail. The central element of the painting is a woman in blue standing in front of a window (not depicted) reading a letter. Johannes Vermeer, Woman Reading a Letter, 1663–1664, Rijksmuseum Like most of Vermeer’s female subjects, the women’s face is resigned and calm. The Dutch often protected paintings with curtains, either to keep off the light and dust, or to look at them only occasionally, as is the traditional way of the Chinese and, Japanese - a practice that comes from the fine feeling that a work of art cannot be looked at continually. In both paintings, the way the silvery daylight flows over the figures set against light walls is not surpassed by Vermeer. In a quiet, private moment, a young woman stands, engrossed in reading a letter. Utamaro portrays a woman who is concentrating intensely on a letter. Here letter writing and reading are most likely associated with love. The painting is unique among Vermeer's interiors in that no fragment of corner, wall or ceiling can be seen. In a quiet, private moment, a young woman stands, engrossed in reading a letter. The mosquito net works as a device that keeps the woman away from the light, increasing her anxiety and desire to move closer to it. All the other colours are subordinate to its radiant lapis lazuli; yellow and red hardly make an appearance. For example, he was the first artist to try soft grey for flesh, and to paint the shadows on the wall light blue. Loggy and Alex’s friendship in Miami’s redeveloping Liberty Square is threatened when Loggy learns that Alex is being relocated to another community. 1798 Kitagawa Utamaro Japanese. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Metsu's indisputable masterpieces are Man Writing a Letter and Woman Reading a Letter which were painted as companion pieces. Although the woman's loose clothing may be suggestive, pregnancy was very rarely depicted in art during this period. Here, Vermeer conveyed the depth of the young woman's feelings through her tender expression. The woman appears to be pregnant, although many have argued that the woman's rounded figure is simply a result of the fashions of the day. While the contents of the letter are not depicted, the composition of the painting is revealing. It is morning, and she is still wearing her blue nightrobe. Part of the collection of the City of Amsterdam as part of the Van der Hoop bequest, it has been in the Rijksmuseum since its inception, and was thus the first Vermeer they acquired. Her entire body leans forward, and she firmly grasps the letter, holding it close to her face. The pendants offer a small drama: the handsome man writes a letter, and its patient recipient attentively reads it by the light of a window. She is still wearing her blue night jacket. Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more, See more details about this work on the Rijksmuseum Website. Part of the collection of the City of Amsterdam as part of the Van der Hoop bequest, it has been in the Rijksmuseum since its inception, and was thus the first Vermeer they acquired.