A young woman glances out of a window while tuning her lute. Open songbooks and a viola da gamba on the floor indicate that she is preparing for a duet. Wealthy young people in the Dutch Republic studied music as part of their education, and amateur concerts provided a welcome opportunity for flirtation. The map of Europe in the background reflects the contemporary decoration of Dutch homes, a sign of pride in the nation’s preeminence in navigation and cartography.


  • Title: Young Woman with a Lute
  • Creator: Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, Delft)
  • Date Created: ca. 1662–63
  • Physical Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 17 3/4 in. (51.4 x 44.9 cm)
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Collection Online
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 18 in. (51.4 x 45.7 cm)
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900
  • Classification: Painting
  • Accession Number: 25.110.24

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