A Maid Asleep, 1656-57


The woman has her eyes closed and is propping her head on the table with her arm. The tablecloth is thrown up in the foreground and there is a fruit bowl and a wine carafe on the table. This disorder in the foreground is set against a sparse background. The viewer can also look into an adjoining room through the open door.

X-rays showed that Vermeer had originally created a different background. In the room behind the woman there was a man with a dog.

Johannes Vermeer | A Maid Asleep