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| Vermeer van Delft. The Kitchen Maid. Painted about 1660|
This lovely painting is so typically dutch. The milkmaid is not a grand lady but is as dignified as any queen. It is technically a masterpiece. The handling of light is beguiling and the crumbly bread makes one long to take a piece!
Look closely at some of the details. Double-click the picture to enlarge it and look for the nail in the wall casting a tiny shadow; find the broken piece of glass in the window and check out the brass lamp hanging behind the basket on the wall.
The subject is viewed from a low-level giving her a sturdyness and a slightly squat look. Her arms are strong and she is completely unselfconcious. The texture of every surface is tenderly rendered in a homage to the 'everyday' scene. I can look right 'into' this picture for along time a feel a wonderful peace.
It's in the Rijksmusem in Amsterdam where it is rightly one of the main attractions.