Art Appreciation

Deciphering 4 Masterpiece Paintings with Enigmatic Narratives

Why interpreting women in art is not always easy

Christopher P Jones
6 min readApr 27, 2023

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Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c.1663) by Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas. 46.5 × 39 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Image source Wikimedia Commons

Interpreting paintings undoubtedly relies on an accurate reading of the contents of a work. But what happens when appearances are misleading?

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