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Vermeer's painting seems simple and direct. No distinctive or unusual activity, such as, for example, a figure gesturing out of a window or wandering along the cobblestone street, commands the viewer's attention. Instead, Vermeer has carefully composed his scene to suggest ideals of domestic virtue important to Dutch society, where women, industriously pursuing their needlework or conscientiously undertaking household chores, provide a safe and loving haven for the children in their care.

Excerpt taken from Vermeer: The Complete Works
by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr

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