Lady Standing at a Virginal
|Type||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||51.7 cm × 45.2 cm (20.4 in × 17.8 in)|
|Location||National Gallery, London|
The oil painting depicts a richly dressed woman playing a virginal in a home with a tiled floor, paintings on the wall and some of the locally manufactured Delftware blue and white tiles of a type that appear in other Vermeer works.
The identities of the paintings on the wall are not certain, according to the National Gallery, but the landscape on the left may be by either Jan Wijnants or Allart van Everdingen. The second painting, showing Cupid holding a card, is attributed to Caesar van Everdingen, Allart's brother. This motif originated in a contemporary emblem and may either represent the idea of faithfulness to a single lover or perhaps, reflecting the presence of the virginal, the traditional association of music and love.
The painting has been dated on stylistic grounds and on the evidence of the costume. This work can be related to another Vermeer in the collection, Lady Seated at a Virginal, on a canvas of almost exactly the same size, with which it may form a pair. A recent study has shown that the canvas for the two paintings came from the same bolt. In addition, the ground applied to the canvas of each painting appears to be identical and also to be shared with the New York Young Woman Seated at the Virginals.
- Liedtke, Walter A. (2001). Vermeer and the Delft School. Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 9780870999734.
- "Key facts: A Young Woman standing at a Virginal". National Gallery (London) web site. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- "A Young Woman Standing at a Virginal". National Gallery, London web site. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- [http://people.ece.cornell.edu/johnson/LiedtkeMMJ.pdf Walter Liedtke, C. Richard Johnson jr., and Don H. Johnson "Canvas matches in Vermeer: a case study in the computer analysis of canvas supports"]. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Sheldon, Libby and Costaras, Nicolas (2006). "Johannes Vermeer's Young Woman Seated at a Virginal". Burlington Magazine 148: 89–97.
- Essential Vermeer website web page on the painting