Johannes Vermeer (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1632-1675) A Lady Writing c 1665
The reason I chose this painting was one, because again Johannes Vermeer is one of my favorite painters, and two because I love how he uses light to signify his subjects. In this case, the lady at the desk with the fur trimmed coat. The rest of the room is toned down color wise, and then his subject is put in bright yellow with the light shining right on her. I also like how it seems that his subject is at ease in the painting. It's as if he was able to take a candid picture of her and paint her as such. The painting does not feel staged, it feels natural.