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4-28-2020

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Johannes Vermeer,'place in the canon of Western Art History is well established and his works are immediately recognizable even to casual art audiences. However, the research that surrounds his art is not exhaustive. Vermeer,'paintings of quiet seventeenth century Dutch domestic scenes are characterized by interiors that include paintings within the main painting itself. Though nested images are crucial to understanding the intent of the artist and the reception of the historical viewer, Vermeer,'paintings within paintings are only identified or discussed in isolation. This scholarship aims to examine the oeuvre of Vermeer,'work and provides a unifying context for his paintings within paintings. Through analysis of the fourteen Vermeer paintings that include nested images, it is possible to identify patterns and themes among his use of them. This paper suggests that there are three primary categories of nested image use in Vermeer: narrative exposition, religious allegory, and moral admonition. By examining the interplay of these categories in Vermeer,'paintings, a more complete understanding emerges of how and why Vermeer created art as a response to his world.

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Paintings within Paintings: Narrative Exposition, Religious Allegory, and Moral Admonition in Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer,'place in the canon of Western Art History is well established and his works are immediately recognizable even to casual art audiences. However, the research that surrounds his art is not exhaustive. Vermeer,'paintings of quiet seventeenth century Dutch domestic scenes are characterized by interiors that include paintings within the main painting itself. Though nested images are crucial to understanding the intent of the artist and the reception of the historical viewer, Vermeer,'paintings within paintings are only identified or discussed in isolation. This scholarship aims to examine the oeuvre of Vermeer,'work and provides a unifying context for his paintings within paintings. Through analysis of the fourteen Vermeer paintings that include nested images, it is possible to identify patterns and themes among his use of them. This paper suggests that there are three primary categories of nested image use in Vermeer: narrative exposition, religious allegory, and moral admonition. By examining the interplay of these categories in Vermeer,'paintings, a more complete understanding emerges of how and why Vermeer created art as a response to his world.