Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca.1662


Standing in front of an open window, a woman begins her day with cloths from a jug and washbasin made of gilded silver, with linen covers protecting her dress and hair. The first Vermeer work to be included in an American collection, this painting embodies the artist's interest in local subjects and gives an almost voyeuristic glimpse into a woman's private life before showing her public face to the world.

Johannes Vermeer | Young Woman with a Water Pitcher