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The Milkmaid


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Framed art print by Johannes Vermeer

The Milkmaid (Dutch: De Melkmeid or Het Melkmeisje), sometimes called The Kitchen Maid, is an oil-on-canvas painting of a “milkmaid”, in fact, a domestic kitchen maid, by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. It is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, which regards it as “unquestionably one of the museum’s finest attractions”.

The painting is strikingly illusionistic, conveying not just details but a sense of the weight of the woman and the table.

The exact year of the painting’s completion is unknown, with estimates varying by source. The Rijksmuseum estimates it as circa 1658. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, it was painted in about 1657 or 1658. The “Essential Vermeer” website gives a broader range of 1658–1661.


Johannes Vermeer (/vərˈmɪər, vərˈmɛər/ vər-MEER, vər-MAIR, Dutch: [vərˈmeːr], October 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch Baroque Period painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life.

Vermeer’s reputation and works have been featured in both literature and in films. Tracy Chevalier’s novel Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), and the 2003 film of the same name, present a fictional account of Vermeer’s creation of the famous painting and his relationship with the equally fictional model.

What to expect

Each image is carefully reproduced using printers which reproduce the image exactly as the artist intended.


What We Use Details
Media Fine Art Museum Torchon Paper 300gsm
Finish Museum grade paper as seen in galleries Natural White Finish
Similar to  Traditional fine art paper, Matt 250gsm conservation digital paper
Print ID PP123
* Other paper styles can be used on request

Torchon is a cellulose-based FineArt inkjet paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for FineArt applications. The bright white art paper has a clear, coarsely structured felt mark and is characterised by a very special tactile feel. The unique surface structure blends with the images and lends them an impressive three-dimensional effect and sense of depth. The premium matt inkjet coating produces outstanding print results, with bright colours, perfect reproduction of detail and deep black. The acid- and lignin-free Torchon paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is specially designed for FineArt use.


This piece of art can be purchased in 4 ways.

  • Print only – no frame simply paper
  • Black frame
  • Gold frame
  • Teak Wall Hanger


We create large and oversize art history prints with an average size of 91cm by 61cm. The exact dimensions of each print may vary as each piece of art can have a varying height and width exactly as the artist intended.

  • 91cm across maximum
  • 61cm across maximum
  • The general standard international poster size is 61 x 91 cm.

Shipping and Returns

We aim to ship every order in a rapid way. Many orders are created to order so this will take time as an artisan must work on your piece of art to ensure a high degree of quality and workmanship. Our aim is to bring simple, affordable art to you rapidly with easy to follow returns.

  • Each order is created in the UK
  • Easy to follow returns
  • Quality can take time so please allow 1-3 days for some orders.


Really comprehensive print of the great artist’s paintings – Pity he didn’t complete such a brilliant start. The sites dedication to colour repro and quality is unsurpassed..
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Specification: The Milkmaid


Unframed print, Teak wall hanger, Black satin, Gold stained wood

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 91 × 1 × 61 cm

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