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Vermeer, Jan
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(baptized Oct 31, 1632, Delft – buried Dec 15, 1675, Delft), Dutch painter, the leading master of genre painting and disguised symbolism. His early art training remains shrouded in mystery, however he was admitted as a master to the Delft Guild of St. Luke in 1653 and converted to Catholicism in the same year. An aspiring history painter, he included biblical themes in his early works, such as Christ in the House of Mary and Martha (1655). The later overtly secular works are now interpreted as visual evidence of his deep Catholic faith, especially when V…

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Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane, “Vermeer, Jan”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026311>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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