Johannes Vermeer: The Milkmaid (c. 1657-8)

Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, oil on canvas, Painted c. 1657–1658, On view at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Image Source: wikimedia

“Bach based his chorale Christum wir sollen loben schon – part of his cantata of the same name, BWV 121 – on a hymn by Martin Luther from 1524. This was in turn based on the Latin hymn A solis ortus cardine, by Caelius Sedulius from ca 450. For this recording soprano Viola Blache made a personal version, based on Bach, Luther and the original hymn. The decor is Vermeer’s Milkmaid who steps out of her frame after an age-long lockdown and seems almost to be singing to herself. The chorale text refers loosely to the painting. Recorded for the project All of Bach on 1 October 2020 at De Hallen Studio’s, Amsterdam (video production) and on 4 June 2021 at Philarmonie, Haarlem (music production). If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel https://bit.ly/2vhCeFB and consider donating https://bit.ly/3J5uprM.”

Netherlands Bach Society

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The Milkmaid at wikiwand

Vermeer’s Masterpiece: The Milkmaid at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 2009 Vermeer exhibition

Johannes Vermeer at wikiwand

Thanks for Visiting 🙂

~Sunnyside

9 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Just found the lovely German text at https://hymnary.org/text/christum_wir_sollen_loben_schon

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  2. Wow. My favorite painter and composer.

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  3. Who could not love a Vermeer?

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    1. Agree! How sad that so few of Vermeer’s paintings survived. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂

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  4. Michele Lee says:

    Interesting art history. 🎨

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  5. Thank you for this rich enlightenment on “The Milkmaid” and Vermeer. I appreciate your thoughts and links.

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    1. My pleasure, Rusty. I am happy you enjoyed this. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂

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