I must confess that I knew Vermeer when I watched the movie "Girl with a Pearl Earring", a not very known movie from 2003, but with a very good story based on the life of this painter. When I bought this book I thought was a normal size book, but it is double the size of that, so you can appreciate all the plates with better resolution. What a great painter, Vermeer based his pictures on domestic situations, tipically in the same room, with an exquisite use of colors and a masterful use of light. Everything in his painting looks so real, the textures of the tapestry, the clothes of the women, the bread in the precious "The Milkmaid" -which remember me those breads my mother does- the glasses and those provocative lips of the "Girl with a Pearl Earring", a painting that celebrate woman, the dutch monalisa. This is Art, pure Art in his highest, from this skillful dutch master.