The Procuress is a genre scene painted by Johannes Vermeer in

1656; Oil on canvas, 143 x 130 cm; Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister - Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden



This painting marks Vermeer’s switch from mythical and religious subject matter to the genre scenes that the Dutch Baroque artists are known for. Brothel scenes were very popular in this time. It also shows Vermeer’s trouble with perspective, as the viewer seems to be looking down at the table and up at the girl, which is impossible.

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