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

Lady with Her Maidservant Holding a Letter (detail)

c. 1667
Oil on canvas
Frick Collection, New York

A new element here is the maid, stepping out of the darkness to hand a letter to her mistress, who has just been writing a few lines. She is evidently being handed a love-letter secretly.