Woman Holding a Balance

Jan Vermeer (1664) Woman holding a balance

But what is she balancing?  (The scales in the painting are empty).  Note painting of Final Judgment in background.

2 Responses to “Woman Holding a Balance”

  1. Joanne (jM) says:

    To add to that: there is discussion amongst experts on the question if Vermeer’s women are pregant. There are experts who say it is only the women’s clothing that bulges. There are others, and I agree with them, who are adamant that, for example in this painting, the woman holding the balance is pregnant and that ignoring the pregnancy means the painting’s interpretation suffers.

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