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At first looking at Jan Vermeer

At first looking at Jan Vermeer - Analysis of The Milkmaid...

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Analysis of The Milkmaid At first looking at Jan Vermeer’s painting The Milkmaid it looks just like an ordinary, somewhat robust middle-aged woman pouring milk into a bowl. No story, no lesson to be taught, it’s just a painting. But look at it a second and a third time. It starts to become clear that there is a whole story about the woman in the painting; it gives you a subtle meaning about her history. But reading something or experiencing something before can change the way people look at things. The Painting depicts a middle-aged woman in a dark and dingy room slowly pouring milk into a clay or possibly ceramic bowl. She wears a worn blue skirt and a roughly stitched yellow top with a dirty white head dressing and a thin necklace around her neck. Her face is dirty and her sleeves are pulled up like she’s been working hard at something. The milkmaid dons a disappointed and tired expression on her face. It is as if she doesn’t enjoy the work set for her.
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  • Fall '07
  • Lincoln
  • Meaning of life, John Berger, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Jan Vermeer, painting multiple times

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