Vermeer: Lady Standing at the Virginal
Vermeer may be one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age, but it did not prevent him being a bit of a slouch and creating only 36 paintings in his entire working life.
But if ever the expression "quality not quantity" applies, it is here.
You may think it is just a straightforward interior containing a lady of the leisured classes, but actually the painting tells us an elaborate moral lesson. The mystery begins with that suggestive half smile ...
to get to the Chocolate Factory N16 by public transport follow these instructions:
• from Highbury and Islington ( on Victoria line, 1 stop from Kings Cross)
take the Overground from platform 8 ( first on your right as you come up
from the tube) in direction of Stratford - 2 stops to Dalston Kingsland.
• turn left from the station and continue walking along the High Street for about
• when you see a blue mosaic mosque with silver domes ahead of you on the
left, look out for Farleigh Rd which is across the road and just before the
mosque ( ie to your right).
• cross the High St into Farleigh Rd
• about 3 houses down on the left turn into a cul de sac ( not visible from top of
road) which is Farleigh Place.
• at the bottom of the cul de sac are the grey gates of the Chocolate Factory
• go up the metal staircase in center of the courtyard and to the back of the building on your right where my studio is F9
gates will shut at 7.30 pm