(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)
A Lady and Two Gentlemen (detail)c. 1659
Oil on canvas
Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig
A young woman wearing an elegant red dress is seated in the foreground turned toward the left and looking half-smilingly at the viewer. It is one of the rare instances when Vermeer animates one of his figures with a semblance of expression. She seems to be courted by a fine gentleman, bent over and encouraging the young lady to take a sip from the wine glass that she holds in her hand.