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

Woman with a Pearl Necklace (detail)

Oil on canvas
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The woman gazes into a mirror while holding two yellow ribbons attached to a pearl necklace around her neck. The light falling in from the left, dispersed by the creamy bare wall, illuminates the meditative young woman admiring her reflection in the distant mirror.