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?