Girl Asleep by Johannes Vermeer

Girl Asleep (1657) by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) depicts the sleep of a maid, certainly after having served a drink (there are two glasses and two pitchers on the table). A thorough analysis of the work through x-ray detected that Vermeer had originally painted a man and a dog in the background, which he later removed. Apart from his masterly stroke, the painter is known for portraying domestic interior scenes of the Dutch middle class (which is the case in this painting), mostly in his home in Delft, a city in southern Holland close to the Hague and Rotterdam.