Vermeer’s room and furniture
These drawings show plans, side views
and bird’s-eye views (axonometrics) of the spaces shown in eleven of
Vermeer’s paintings of interiors. Ten of these seem to depict the very
same room - although the tile patterns vary. (For the eleventh picture,
‘The Love Letter’, it is impossible to say whether it might be the same
room, because there are no architectural features or pieces of furniture
shared with other pictures. What is more, the fireplace and doorway
are unique to this painting.) Each picture’s viewpoint is labelled V.
Only those parts of the tiled floors that are visible in the paintings
are shown in the plans. In some instances the positions of objects or
parts of objects which are not wholly visible but can be located with
confidence, as for example the legs of chairs or the feet of tables,
are shown in dotted lines.
The scale of the reconstructions can
be gauged by the floor tiles: the small tiles in 'The Glass of Wine'
and 'The Girl with the Wineglass' are 14.6cm square. The larger tiles
in all the other paintings are 29.3cm square.
Click on an image below to view the
reconstructions, or the chair to see the furniture scale drawings: