Brief comment on the scene of the painting

The Concert

“The change in mood is most evident in the benign treatment of the male figure. He is still a visitor in an interior that obviously favors feminine presence. The two landscapes function as the map does in ‘The Soldier and the Smiling Girl,’ framing his head against an image of the outer world, while enclosing the seated woman even more rigorously within the space of the room. Yet now the structure of the painting conspires to absorb him, and render his intrusive aspect as inconspicuous as possible.”

Edward A. Snow, A Study of Vermeer, 1979


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