Johannes Vermeer was born on October 31, 1632, in Delft Netherlands. His father worked as a cloth weaver, turned tavern keeper and an art merchant, two businesses the painter inherited of in 1652 upon his father’s death. In 1653, after he had converted to Catholicism, he married Catherina Bolnes and the couple would eventually have eleven children together. That same year he enrolled as a master painter in the Guild of Saint-Luc of Delft of which he will later become the head of. His early works show a distinct influence of the Italian master Caravaggio, and Rembrandt. By the end of the decade, Vermeer’s unique style began to emerge, and he will be especially renowned for his treatment and use of light in his paintings. Johannes Vermeer died on December 16, 1675.