Mistress and Maid

New Discoveries Offer Answers to Mystery of Frick's Vermeer

Two conservators seated at a table in a lab, one looking at Vermeer's "Mistress and Maid" painting through a microscope
The Frick's beloved Mistress and Maid (1666–67) by Johannes Vermeer poses many unanswered questions, notably its seemingly unfinished background. A recent technical study in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Doerner Institut uncovers important new information about the painting, one of only thirty-six works attributed to the artist.