Allegory Of The Catholic Faith By Johannes Vermeer

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My love of English culture built a bridge of admiration for the Great Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. I have always admired English artists, fashion designers, movie stars, musicians etc. Being a huge fan of the Oscar winning British actor Colin Firth, I wanted to see every movie with his performance. One of them was “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (2003) where the actor brilliantly performed the legendary Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.1 According to the movie, the master became gradually fascinated with his curious, smart and beautiful servant and decided to paint her portrait. He created a masterwork which is referred today as “the Dutch Mona Lisa”.2 Having lived only 43 years and working slowly, but with great... View More »

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This curtain is very thoroughly drawn where you can clearly see a man in a blue camisole and a red hat leading a horse; the edges of the gobelin have patterns of lilies and oranges. The large number of orange elements indicates the devotion of Dutch people to the color. According to history, the orange color is the color of the Dutch Royal Family in Netherlands and starts its adoration with the Prince of Orange.7 Also, many bright spots scattered on the fabric depict meticulously the rough structure of the canvas. Further, you can see a chair with a bright blue cushion at the bottom of the gobelin. Such cushions are often used for kneeling in Catholic churches. Once again, the blue color on the left side balances the right side of the painting where there is a draped table in blue as well. The highlighted chair’s back is not in harmony with total light of the painting. However, the artist probably used it as an object in order to distract and hide a large number of black and white marble tiles on the floor. Certainly, the central object of the painting is a woman where she depicted in a theatrical pose clutching her right hand to her left breast, looking up adoringly at a glass of sphere, and resting her right foot on a globe. She is dressed in a white satiny dress with a sapphire blue bodice trimmed with gold, and has a white pearl necklace around her neck. The painting practically overfilled by symbols and almost every object has significant meaning. In this artwork Johannes Vermeer followed Chesare Ripa’s book Iconologia where symbols were described and illustrated.8 ...

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