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Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance by Michael Marino _157897  In this serene scene a young lady holds an empty pair of scales in her right hand  waiting for them to balance out before she weighs some coins at the edge of the  table in front of her. On that table are some jewels, pearl necklaces and a gold  chain. On the wall facing the woman, in Women Holding a Balance painted by  Vermeer in 1664, is a mirror and behind her to the right hangs a painting of The  Last Judgment.   The balance scale in the women’s hand is a symbol of the Last Judgment itself.  The contrast between the objects on the table, The Last Judgment and the  scales are intended to remind the viewer of the importance of resisting  temptation and living moderately. The women’s transfixed gaze on the empty  scale seems to indicate her desire to lead a balanced life in order to obtain  salvation. Her calmness indicates that she is capable of living according to these 
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