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HOW TO PAINT YOUR OWN VERMEER:
Recapturing Materials and Methods of a Seventeenth-Century Master


by Jonathan Janson
2006

An in-depth look into the materials and methods of Johannes Vermeer and the studio practices of 17th-c. Dutch painters

Related Works

1. Study of a Young Woman
c. 1665–1674
oil on canvas
17 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.   (44.5 x 40 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
this painting by Vermeer as been believed to be a pendant of the Girl with a Pearl Earring
2. Girl with a Red Hat
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1665-1666
oil on panel, support: .232 x .181 m (9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.)
painted surface: .228 x .180 m (9 x 7 1/16 in.)
The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
this authentic painting by Vermeer may have been one of the tronies described in the 1696 Dissius auction in which 21 Vermeer's were sold
3. Girl with a Flute
(attributed to Johannes Vermeer)
c. 1665-1670
oil on panel, 7 7/8 x 7 in.  (20 x 17.8 cm.)
National Gallery, Washington D.C.
Widner Collection
this painting is usually believed to be by Vermeer but finished by a later hand, it is a typical tronie and has been believed to be a pendant to the Girl with a Red Hat
4. The Young Archer
Willem van Vliet
c. 1640
oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.  (65 x 57 cm)
Private Collection, New York
a typical tronie of an artist working in Delft
5. Man with a Turban
Jan van Eyck
1433
oil on panel, 25.5 x 19 cm.
The National Gallery, London
a fashionable Turkish turban was worn by Van Eyck's sitter, perhaps it is a self-portrait
6. Paulus Bor
late 1630's
oil on panel,
Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery
Rembrandt painted this intimate portrait of his wife who poses as Flora
7. Beatrice Cenci
Guido Reni
the pose and turban are surprisingly similar to Vermeer's painting
8. A Woman as Magdalen
Paulus Bor
late 1630's
oil on panel,
Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery
some scholars have believed that Bor's  refined style may have influenced Vermeer's rendering of the Girl with a Pearl Earring
9. Agata van Schoonhoven
Jan van Scorel
Galleria Doria-Pamphili, Rome
Lawrence Gowing has related this image to Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
10. Portrait of the Artist's Wife (?)
Frarns van Mieris,
oil on panel, 11 x 9 cm.
The National Gallery, London
more than one scholar has related this painting to Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring
11. Portrait of a Young Girl
Petrus Christus
after 1460
Wood, 29 x 22,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
this portrait by Christus has been related to the Girl with a Pearl Earring for its formal and expressive perfection
12. Portrait of the Young Saskia
Rembrandt van Rijn
1633
Oil on oak, 52,5 x 44,5 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
Rembrandt painted many times portraits of his family in exotic costume