Lady writing a letter with her maid

About This Project

In Lady writing a letter with her maid Vermeer uses his skill to paint enigmatic expressions, making a thousand stories possible for every scene. The maid’s evasive look has an undecipherable expression: maybe she looks over tenderly, or maybe she is disapproving of the contents of her mistress’s letter, writing back to her lover, whose letter lies on the floor.


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Oil on canvas


73,3 x 59,3 cm


Copy carried out by Montoya, private collection, Madrid


This painting can be found at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.

Montoya After Vermeer Collection