A Virginal and a Queen

  Do you play the piano? What about the harpsichord? Have you heard of a virginal before? If you haven’t, you’re not alone, but virginals used to be common household instruments, and anyone who was anyone had one. Virginals are in the same family of...

The Empowering Gaze of the Girl with a Pearl Earring

October the 31st or November the 1st is celebrated as Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s birthday (it’s actually his baptism, not his birthday). I have been living in the Netherlands for 2 years now, where his work is considered a national treasure. I do...

Netherlands‚ mid 17th century

The Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window is often interpreted as a highly psychological scene depicting a young girl reading a letter from her lover.

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