In the eighteenth century his figure appears, to have been painted out. One early Vermeer expert has suspected that her staring eyes and awkward smile were the result of overpainting by a later hand. Ludolf de Jongh "negligent" style a hybrid image listen to period music. The National Gallery, London. Although similar figure groupings had been devised by earlier artists, De Hooch was the first artist to set them in a coherently-defined three-dimensional space illuminated by a bright light. Revert to original, correctly coloured version per Commons:
Following this work, Vermeer's paint application became evermore subtle.
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