A Dutch painter in the 1600s created images that can still tug at the human soul.
Last month, I spent a few days at the National Gallery in Washington DC and there was a particular painting I wanted to see: a work by a Dutch artist named Johannes, or Jan, Vermeer called Woman Holding a Balance. If I’m forced to pick (or if you’re playing “David & Art” trivia) it’s my favorite painting.
Vermeer was born in the Netherlands in 1632 and his life overlapped with other painters of what’s referred to as the Dutch Golden Age—people like Franz Hals, Judith Leyster, and, most famously Rembrandt. In these paintings you’ll find lots of interior scenes: lots of tables overflowing with food and