January 9, 2004
Genre(s): Drama, Romance
With her family in dire financial straits, Griet goes to work as a maid for the family of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Griet tries to stay out of the way of Vermeer's unpleasant wife Catharina, but soon becomes fascinated with Vermeer's paintings. Inspired by her apparent interest, Vermeet begins to teach Griet the fundamentals of painting. He also protects her from the inappropriate advances of the lascivious and wealthy Pieter van Ruijven by agreeing to paint a portrait of Griet for him. Soon the intense jealousy of Vermeer's wife begins to endanger Griet's position in the household.