Johannes Vermeer

1632 - 1675

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Johannes Vermeer ( vur-MEER, vur-MAIR, Dutch: [vərˈmeːr], see below; October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. During his lifetime, he was a moderately successful provincial genre painter, recognized in Delft and The Hague. Nonetheless, he produced relatively few paintings and evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death.Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Vermeer has received more than 3,329,009 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). Johannes Vermeer is the 13th most popular painter (up from 14th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 4th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Dutch Painter.

Johannes Vermeer is most famous for his paintings of domestic scenes, such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring."

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Among painters, Johannes Vermeer ranks 13 out of 1,428Before him are Albrecht Dürer, Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Peter Paul Rubens, Caravaggio, and Edvard Munch. After him are Francisco Goya, Sandro Botticelli, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Diego Velázquez, and Henri Matisse.

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Among people born in 1632, Johannes Vermeer ranks 2Before him is John Locke. After him are Baruch Spinoza, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Christopher Wren, Samuel von Pufendorf, Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Jean Mabillon, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, Michael I Apafi, and Adam Frans van der Meulen. Among people deceased in 1675, Johannes Vermeer ranks 1After him are Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, Gerrit Dou, Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, James Gregory, Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha, Thomas Willis, Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine, Gilles de Roberval, Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, Guru Tegh Bahadur, and Leopoldo de' Medici.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Johannes Vermeer ranks 3 out of 1,209Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853) and Rembrandt (1606). After him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Erasmus (1466), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), Mata Hari (1876), Christiaan Huygens (1629), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), and Johan Cruyff (1947).

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Among painters born in Netherlands, Johannes Vermeer ranks 3Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853) and Rembrandt (1606). After him are Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Piet Mondrian (1872), Jan Steen (1626), Theo van Gogh (1857), Jacob van Ruisdael (1628), Dieric Bouts (1415), Pieter de Hooch (1629), and Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836).