Vermeer painting
Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca 1662
OIl on canvas, 45.7 x 40.6 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Marquand Collection,
Gift of Hnery G. Marquand, 1889
Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today is the 380th anniversary of the baptism of Johannes Vermeer (his actual birth date is unknown). The 17th century Dutch artist is renowned for his exquisite handling of color and light in his genre paintings and landscapes. Explore more about the artist and his work in the comprehensive website essential vermeer; more images are available on ARTstor, AAEL digital images, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.