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Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson
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A Girl chopping Onions

RCIN 406358

The effect of light in this early work is extraordinary, reminding us that painting fine detail does not need to be dry or mechanical. There are elements in this image – the hanging bird and empty bird-cage – which might have been understood as alluding to the girl’s loss of virginity and thus availability. Acquired by George IV in 1814 Cat. 3

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