Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

Woman Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer, c. 1663

oil on canvas, h 46.5cm × w 39cm × d 6.5cm More details

Enjoying a quiet, private moment, this young woman is absorbed in reading a letter in the morning light. She is still wearing her blue night jacket. All of the colours in the composition are secondary to its radiant lapis lazuli blue. Vermeer recorded the effects of light with extraordinary precision. Particularly innovative is his rendering of the woman’s skin with pale grey, and the shadows on the wall using light blue.

On display in room 2.30 Visit via the Highlights tour Visit via the Highlights Gallery of Honour tour

Listen to audio fragment (from the multimedia tour)

{{currentTimeString}}

Collections with this work

Johannes Vermeer

Rijksmuseum

Weekky 1

Ilya Ivanov

13 hours ago - 20 works 4 0

paintings

Artem Belogurov

43 minutes ago - 5 works 0 0