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When Vermeer was just a kid Papa Vermeer bought him a big set of Lego brand building toys. Now this was a long, long time ago, even before there were Star Wars trademark Lego brand building toy sets. This is the secret inspiration for many of his best-loved paintings. Van Eyk? Ha, Tinker brand toys. Who knows any of his paintings? [30-12-13]
Vermeer Still Life Vermeer never painted a still life as such, but many of his interiors included them. A white jug like this appears in a 3 of his 37 paintings, a maid asleep, the girl with a wineglass and the music lesson. These images include seduction and inebriation, those were very prudish times.I have had great difficulty finding a pure white delft jug, but I managed to finally get one, with a little help from a can of spray paint.
The La Peregrina pearl. The Yusupovs were one of the richest families in Russia: their property included several palaces and summer residences, antique and jewelry collections. The famous La Pelegrina pearl was owned by Zinaida Yusupov; later the pearl was purchased for Elizabeth Taylor.