Sale of paintings by Johannes Vermeer

Johannes (or Jan) Vermeer was born in Delft in 1632 into a merchant family. His training as a painter probably began in the 1640's. In April 1653 he married Catharina Bolnes, who was Catholic. She was born into a rich family of brick merchants. However, Vermeer, who was a Calvinist, had to change his beliefs to Catholicism before the wedding in order to obtain his mother-in-law's blessing. In addition to his work as a painter, Vermeer continued to run his father's painting business. He gained a good reputation and in 1662 he was el... Voir plus >

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