Jan Vermeer’s Woman Weighing Pearls – Herbert Woodward Martin

Something more than the weight or perfection
of pearls is on her mind. She is concerned
with the weight and perfection of the child
she carries and how the light she works in
will greet this special coming and how
attentive it will be towards her after
birth. Will everything be as pure as the
ermine which gives forms and luxury to her
body? What is the wealth of light which
descends on her face then body and hands?
How careful was Vermeer with the weight
of things these two years?


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