[Translate to English:] Beginn der Restaurierung von Johannes Vermeers Gemälde „Brieflesendes Mädchen am offenen Fenster“
In the past ten years, further examinations have been carried out, which have concentrated above all on the complex process of the painting’s creation, its spatial construction and the painting’s position within the oeuvre. Important new insights found expression in the exhibition “Der frühe Vermeer (Early Vermeer)” in 2010, which, in its Dresden edition, dedicated a special section to “Girl Reading a Letter”.
Considering its age, the painting, created circa 1657–1659, is well preserved and is in a stable conservation condition. However, the surface is compromised due to darkened layers of varnish, old retouching and over-painting. A major reason to restore the painting was the reduced readability of Vermeer’s original painting.