The geographer

About This Project

In The geographer we have, as in The astronomer, an atypical composition for Vermeer as both paintings have men as protagonists. However, both paintings share many of the representative characteristics present in the work of the Delft painter, such as his precise details and how exquisitely he bathes objects in light, such as the map of the known world and the several letters rolled up on the table. The geographer, presented with a compass in his hand, shows a different image than commonly portrayed for men of science at the time: he is a handsome, enthusiastic young man.

His gaze, lost out of the window as he searches for inspiration, is what attracted Montoya to reproduce this exquisite work by Vermeer.


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Oil on canvas


53,1 x 47 cm


Copy carried out by Montoya, private collection, Madrid


This painting can be found at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt-am-Main

Montoya After Vermeer Collection