Vermeer Milkmaid Examined

July 22 2020

Image of Vermeer Milkmaid Examined

Picture: @Rijksmuseum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam shared the above photograph on their Twitter account yesterday. It shows Vermeer's Milkmaid undergoing an examination by the museum's 'Macro XRPD Scanner'. This will allow the conservation and science department to understand more about which materials and techniques went into making this work of art.

Famously, Vermeer is known to have used costly lapis lazuli in his shadows, which has become one of the unique markers of his method. This proved crucial in supporting the attribution to Vermeer which sold at Sotheby's in 2004.

Let's hope the museum will make a nice video explaining the results of this study.

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