I've been reading about Vermeer a bit lately and my respect for him has grown considerably. Apparently, his output for his life is about 40 paintings. He disappeared from public awareness for a couple of hundred years after his death and was "rediscovered" only in the late 1800's. He is now considered by many to be one of the top hand full of artists for all time. This, of course, is one of his most famous images and is a most beautiful painting. This image is a reference for students in my Basic Drawing Skills course. To see samples of the students work please visit the class blog.