The Milkmaid, Jan Vermeer 1660. Reproduction: Artinthepicture.com
Jan Vermeer has a place in my heart. The Dutch painter who lived and worked in Delft in the 17th century is one of my absolute favorites! I've seen quite a few of his paintings, and this is one of them, The Milkmaid, painted in 1660. I saw it in The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 2005.
It's a typical Vermeer painting. A indoor, domestic scene. An ordinary, everyday action, that, by his touch becomes something much more. Look at the bread, the milk, the different textures, and, of course, the light.