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"VERMEER: Revealing the myth behind the masterpieces" Sapoutzi Maria

Vermeer is considered to be one of the most enigmatic and obscure individuals of the 17th century. For the next two centuries even his existence was forgotten, until his rediscovery in the 19th c. His documented work counts 36 paintings in a short period, as he died at the age of 43. He is mainly occupied with domestic scenes through which he focuses on the observation of the mundane details of everyday life.

The artist himself is a classic prototype, as in his work he praises the everyday world by creating pictures that contain timeless truths of needs and feelings of the humanity. Vermeer is so gifted that he reaches the limits of perfection in the rendering of light, colour and texture with ease. He is aware of the illusion of space he desired to create. Every painting is a complicated combination as every inch of his canvas, every stroke seem to be the result of painstaking study.

The use of camera obscura can be assumed by certain effects that are present in his work. The purpose of this paper is to prove the use of camera from a different perspective, while revealing its influence on the style, the themes and in general perception of the artist.