Girl with the Red Hat is one of Johannes Vermeer’s smallest works, and it is painted on panel rather than on his customary canvas. The girl has turned in her chair and interacts with the viewer through her direct gaze. Girl with the Red Hat is portrayed with unusual spontaneity and informality. The artist’s exquisite use of color is this painting’s most striking characteristic, for both its compositional and its psychological effects. Vermeer concentrated the two major colors in two distinct areas: a vibrant red for the hat and a sumptuous blue for the robe; he then used the intensity of the white cravat to unify the whole.


  • Title: Girl with the Red Hat
  • Creator: Johannes Vermeer
  • Date Created: c. 1665/1666
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.9 cm (9 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: National Gallery of Art, Washington
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Object Credit: Andrew W. Mellon Collection
  • Dimensions: painted surface: 22.8 x 18 cm (9 x 7 1/16 in.) support: 23.2 x 18.1 cm (9 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.) framed: 40.3 x 35.6 x 4.4 cm (15 7/8 x 14 x 1 3/4 in.)
  • Classification: Painting
  • Artist School: Dutch
  • Artist Nationality: Dutch
  • Artist Details: Dutch, 1632 - 1675

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