Woman Holding a Balance


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Model: Jan Vermeer-27

Woman Holding a Balance, also known as Woman Testing a Scale, is an oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. It is now housed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The work is a great example of the art of realism. You can view it for yourself in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

This painting is quite unique because it has a picture-within-a-picture feature. A woman is seated at a table holding a balance, and her eyes are closed. In the background, a painting shows the Last Judgment, where God will decide which souls will enter Heaven or Hell. The picture also features an enigma of a painter: Jacob de Backer. It is believed that Vermeer owned a similar painting, but was unable to locate it.

Originally, it was thought that the woman was weighing gold, but closer inspection revealed that the balance she was holding was empty. The work is associated with the iconography of the goldweigher, a symbol of holiness and earthliness. It is thought that the woman was in her early thirties, when she painted the work. The artist was an art dealer and was probably aware of this painting.

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