Young woman with a water pitcher

About This Project

In Young woman with a water pitcher we find a comparison between virtue and vice, a recurring topic in Vermeer’s work in particular and in Flemish baroque art in general. Virtue is represented by the work carried out by the young woman and the glass lined with lead symbolises temperance, whereas vanity is represented in the jewellery box containing the Dutch painter’s charm material: pearls.

Montoya highlighted the map on the wall especially together with the detail of the stained glass window. He also used the pointillism technique to spread the sparkling light on the surface of the polished water pitcher.


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Oil on canvas


46,5 x 41,8 cm


Copy carried out by Montoya, private collection, Madrid


This painting can be found at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Montoya After Vermeer Collection