There is a lot more that could be said about this painting including its precision, its use of colour and the Dutch tradition of making images of maids. However, what I mostly wish to say is that I greatly admire this work. Because of a framed print my parents displayed in my childhood home, I have known it all my life. It seems almost timeless and celebrates the dignity of labour though I doubt that Vermeer saw it that way.
I imagine the model may have moaned to the artist, "Mr Vermeer, how much longer do I have to hold this bloody jug? My arm is killing me!" Little did she know that over 360 years later her sturdy image would be world famous.