(b. 1632, Delft, d. 1675, Delft)
The Allegory of Faith (detail)1671-74
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The glass ball which hangs from the ceiling was borrowed by Vermeer froom Willem Heinsius' book of emblems; it was described there as a symbol of man's power of reason. The large Crucifixion on the back wall is by Jacob Jordaens.