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The Milkmaid, Vermeer, 1660, in PD-US via Wikimedia Commons

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Karen Egly-Thompson added this to 8 Ways Vermeer’s Work Can Make Its Mark in Your HomeJan 21, 2016

8. Accept imperfection. Japanese culture has an aesthetic called wabi-sabi that’s focused on transience and imperfection. It’s unlikely Vermeer knew of this concept, but he hinted at it in his paintings. Look at the walls in The Milkmaid. See any crumbly, bumpy plaster under the window and above the baseboard tile? This is likely how the walls were, and Vermeer chose not to make them look new and smooth in his painting. Shown: The Milkmaid (1660)

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