Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch artist known for his paintings of 17th-century daily life. He painted mostly domestic interior scenes and is renowned for his masterly use of light in his work. His subjects are often women in interior scenes completing chores, as in The Milkmaid (1660). Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) is probably his most famous painting. His artistic achievements went largely unnoticed throughout his life but is now recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.
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