Johannes Vermeer – The Milkmaid

Johannes Vermeer – The Milkmaid – 1657-58
Rijksmuseum
Many of Vermeers painting which illude to amorous involvement, but this one is a little more subtle. The Kitchen maid (here misnamed the milkmaid), represented the available woman. In the back the delft tiles include cupids and the foot warmer suggested female desire in Dutch genre paintings. The pitcher tilted forward is also suggestive of the female anatomy. This and other paintings by Vermeer lead us to wonder if he was a bit of a lothario. To see original : The Milkmaid

Ed Wheeler

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