A lady writing

About This Project

The gaze of A lady writing, directly aiming at the viewer, has given rise to theories that this is, in fact, a portrait of one of Vermeer’s daughters. Dressed in yellow, which the author uses in several of his works, such as Woman with a pearl necklace, the protagonist is writing a letter while the glint in her eyes shares prominence with the two large pearls on her ears.

In his reproduction, Montoya highlights the young woman’s expression, almost smiling, toying with the possibility that this is actually a representation of the moment when a second person interrupts her letter-writing. 


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Oil on canvas


45,8 x 40,9 cm


Copy carried out by Montoya, private collection, Madrid


This painting can be found at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Montoya After Vermeer Collection