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The subject here too is a "daughter," and lacks just as radically any context other than our vision. But now the canvas is admitted and can accept the image: its weft visibly soaks up the black paint that frames the young girl, just as she absorbs the conscience-calmed light that her blue garment wraps tenderly around her. She is even given an arm and hand with which to pose herself against the lower frame. THis painting-its context still mutual vulnerability and the viewer's look-seeks to convert unrest into trust, apprehension into reassurance, the desire for beauty and perfection into a loving acceptance of what is flawed.

Excerpt taken from A Study of Vermeer
by Edward A. Snow

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