VERMEER, Johannes
(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)

The Procuress (detail)

Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

It has been suggested that the smiling man on the left holding a lute and a glass is a self-portrait. If so, it is the only time Vermeer allows us to approach him on such intimate terms. But the identification remains speculative; no visual or documentary evidence corroborates it.