The lid of the virginal says in Latin, ``Music is a friend of joy and a healer of sorrow,'' so perhaps he is being taught a lesson in love.
This is a relatively large work among Vermeer's works.Please enjoy the depiction of light coming in through the window, and the stunning spatial expression and composition in full size.
Additional exhibition on 2023/7/11! "Woman sitting in front of virginal"
A viola da gamba without a player placed in the foreground as if inviting the viewer to join in an ensemble, suggests the presence of a man playing together.
For painters of the time, musical instruments were one of the motifs that symbolized "love" between men and women, and musical instruments and music were used to express love.