Full Name:Johannes Vermeer
Date of Birth:31 Oct 1632
Date of Death:15 Dec 1675
Vermeer was a realist painter who focused on chiaroscuro and became a master in using this technique. The artist delighted in the technicalities of the camera obscura that had emerged in Dutch markets at this time and was an avid fan of using various lens and glass contraptions to discover new forms of capturing light in various contexts.
There is little information about Vermeer's personal life. He seems to have devoted his time to his work and never left his hometown of Delft. The mystery surrounding Vermeer led to Thoré Bürger naming him "The Sphinx of Delft".