Much of Vermeer’s life is a mystery and there is no record of him having formal training; however, he is now recognized as one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Johannes Vermeer’s (1632 - 1675) lived his entire life in Delft, but not much else is known about him. He is known as the master of light, and left a legacy of thirty-six masterpieces.
Although many of Vermeer’s paintings were in prestigious collections and commanding high prices at auctions, he was largely overlooked by art historians for centuries as many of his paintings were attributed to other artists. Thanks to a French art critic, Thore, the world rediscovered Vermeer around 1850, giving him the recognition of one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age.