Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Johannes Vermeer, 1657-1659
Dutch Baroque artist Vermeer focused on painting still life and genre paintings with allegorical meanings, paintings that portrayed scenes from daily life instead of heroic narratives or Biblical scenes, but used objects to present themes. Here in this painting the window opened often is referred to as the young woman’s longing for life beyond the constraints of her home and the letter a symbol of a romantic relationship.
He is known for his use of rich color, see here that the drapes reflects the green of the woman’s dress and also the fruit’s shade on the red-draped little table. Yellow and blue are common colors in Vermeer’s work.