Jan Vermeer

and the poetry of light


The light always descends from the top through wide windows, to illuminate daily life scenes: a lady writing a letter, a girl playing the lute, a philosopher all caught up in his reaserches, a simple woman pouring milk.

 Vermeer never depicts high class society, like aristocrats or ecclesiasticals, nor does he paint sacred scenes. Nevertheless, the trascendent is always present. This is because, since the Logos has incarnated itself in Christ, no everyday-life scene can ever be insignificant again, in fact, all that is realted to daily life has since become worthy of the divine. Life itself is holy, even in its most trivial aspects such as moments of avocation or work. Thus, the entire life of every single individual, rich or poor, is worthy of being immortalized in a masterpiece.