Vermeer was a Dutch painter, baptized 31 October 1632 and buried on 15 December 1675. He gained some acclaim during his lifetime but faded into obscurity after his death. His use of natural ultramarine made the blues in his paintings stand out. He did not produce a large body of work but what he painted spanned from the normal every day like The Milkmaid to portraits of the wealthy and rich. He did several landscapes also. He is well worth investigating and learning from.