Maid with milk jug, 1660


Despite its traditional title, the picture clearly shows a kitchen or a housemaid, a low-ranking domestic servant, rather than a milkmaid actually milking the cow, in a simple room where milk is carefully poured into a squat earthenware container. There are also different types of bread on the table. She is a young, well-built woman who wears a linen cap, blue apron, and work sleeves that are pulled up by thick forearms. A foot warmer is on the floor behind her. Intense light streams from the window on the left side of the screen.

Johannes Vermeer | Maid with milk jug