Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is one of the most enigmatic figures of Dutch Baroque painting: little is known of his biography, and no record of his artistic training exists. What is known without question, however, is Vermeer's immense talent as a painter of both portraits and genre scenes. A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC attempts to establish the context of this genius by exploring Vermeer's paintings alongside those of his colleagues. Highlighting the rivalries and collaborations that informed Vermeer's production, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting” sheds new light on the artist and the inspiring connections he created throughout his career. Take a closer look at Vermeer's work with Vermeer in detail.