Woman holding a balance

About This Project

This scene which apparently portrays an everyday scene is, however, one of Johannes Vermeer’s most allegorical works. For many years, the painting was known as the The pearl surveyor, a name which was later discarded after a detailed study of the painting concluded that this wasn’t the task carried out by the protagonist.

However, the use of the balance takes on a different meaning when attention is paid to the painting that adorns the background of the room in Woman holding a balance, since it is a painting of the Final Judgement. Montoya’s reproduction of this painting is detailed more clearly, paying homage to Vermeer’s allegory of the Final Judgement.


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Oil on canvas


45 x 40,1 cm


Copy carried out by Montoya, private collection, Madrid


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

Montoya After Vermeer Collection