Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Milkmaid by Vermeer



No angels this time!

I think this is one of the most incredible pictures ever. In its realistic detail, it is almost like a photograph.

The room looks very humble. The stone walls are rough and the woman wears plain and simple clothes.

Yet the picture is filled with a beauty that is radiant. The light of the sun plays on the rough stone walls illuminating them with beauty. The woman's hands may be rough, yet in the light of a bright morning they have a purity that shines.

When I look at this picture I feel like I just want to be in that room for a moment. I want to feel those stone walls. I want to smell the freshly baked bread in the basket.

Looking at the picture, one can almost hear the splash of the milk as it is poured from the jug.

What makes this painting so uncommonly beautiful is the way the artist has captured the effect of sunlight in a closed room.

It is the sunlight that makes the things in the room radiate so beautifully.

For the Christian, the light of God fills heaven and earth. When we walk with the consciousness of the ever-present reality of God, we can see His beauty and goodness in the most humble things of this creation.

Reader, do you have that consciousness of the reality and immanence of God?

7 comments:

Laurie Elliot said...

I love this painting to - actually I like Vermeer generally. The Dutch masters really use light well.

J. Wendell said...

Matthew,
This is a very edifying post.

Blessings upon you,
John

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

John, thanks.

Laurie, thanks for visiting. I do miss you all.

Rose~ said...

Matthew,
I like that painting too. In the movie "the girl with the Golden Earring" Vermeer is painting this. I think you and I talked about that before.

Great thoughts on the light of God, dear brother.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks, Rose.

Kent said...

Every notice the similarities between the love of God and the light of God. Light dispels darkness. Love overcomes evil. When one opens the drapes at night, darkness does not come flowing over the windowsills like some inky flood, rather the light bursts out of the window banishing the darkness where ever the light reaches. Perhaps God created the rules of the universe (light over darkness) as a symbol reflecting his purpose. Love over all...

Blessings upon you.

Kent in Texas.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Kent, thanks for visiting and for your thoughts.