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

The Allegory of Faith (detail)

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.