Johannes Vermeer (gedoopt te Delft, 31 oktober 1632 – begraven aldaar, 15 december 1675) is een van de beroemdste Nederlandse kunstschilders en leefde in de Gouden Eeuw. Vermeer had een voorkeur voor tijdloze, ingetogen momenten. Hij blijft raadselachtig vanwege de onnavolgbare kleurstelling en het verbijsterende lichtgehalte. Vermeers schilderijen, meestal genrestukken en een paar historiestukken, allegorieën en stadsgezichten, onderscheiden zich door een subtiel kleurgebruik en een ideale compostie. Hij gebruikte soms dure pigmenten en had een grote voorkeur voor ultramarijn en loodtingeel.
Johannes Vermeer (October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. He was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime but evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, and frequently used very expensive pigments. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work. Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women."
He was recognized during his lifetime in Delft and The Hague, but his modest celebrity gave way to obscurity after his death. Vermeer's reputation has grown, and he is now acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.