Mistress and Maid (detail)
The subject of writing and receiving letters recurs frequently in Vermeer’s work. This mysteriously evocative treatment of the theme, with its exceptional sense of dramatic tension, is the latest in date of the three Frick Vermeers. Henry Clay Frick purchased the painting in 1919.
7 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 1/2 in., lined paper