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Vermeer's finest works are his interiors with a single female subject.They include: The Milkmaid (c.1658, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Young Woman with a Water Jug/Pitcher (c.1662, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), Woman Holding a Balance: aka The Goldweigher, (c.1662, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Woman with a Pearl Necklace (c.1662, Staatliche Museum, Berlin), Girl with a Red Hat (c.1666, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC and The Lacemaker (c.1669, Louvre, Paris).The Art of Painting (in Dutch: De Schilderkonst), also known as The Artist in His Studio and The Allegory of Painting, is a celebrated genre painting by the Delft painter Johannes (Jan) Vermeer.The largest example of Vermeer's style of Dutch Realism, it is believed to be a full-blown allegory - commenting on the art of painting and the artist's role in society - and maybe even a self-portrait of himself in action: hence the work's various titles.
Picture: The Art of Painting Date: 1665-67 Artist: Jan Vermeer (1632-75) Medium: Oil painting on canvas Genre: Dutch Realist genre painting Movement: 17th Century Dutch Painting Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
In November 1940, it was purchased personally by the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler from its owner Count Jaromir Czernin for a price of 1.65 million Reichsmarks.
After the war it was seized by the Americans who handed it over to the Austrian government.
It now resides in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
The picture is believed to have been Vermeer's favourite, which is rather surprising.