How fortunate I felt to see this gorgeous masterpiece with my son at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!! On loan from the city of Amsterdam, it is a painting by Johannes Vermeer,
painted 1662-1663. Titled:"Woman Reading A Letter".
He only completed between 35-50 paintings in his lifetime, which certainly makes this one more of a treasure. The light coming in from the left, brightens the wall, the woman's face, hands, letter, and illuminates her vibrant blue gown. Highlights jump off the canvas in the chair tacks and decorative rod of the wall map. The effect is both subtle and filled with life. I was transported for a few moments from my world to hers.