1.) Griet: Griet is a protestant girl from Holland who goes to work as a maid in Vermeer's home after her father has an accident that leaves him blind. She is a young girl with fair skin and blonde hair. She wears the clothes of a servant. She is working to help her family, therefore, is not as submissive as the other servants around her.
2.) Vermeer: Johannes Vermeer is a respected artist in Holland. Known for his perfectionism, he often takes months to complete a painting. In the movie, he is often seen wearing black clothes and a black hat. He has long hair, a common style of the time. Vermeer seems somewhat torn over his lifestyle, and often does things alone. He died at the age of 43.
3.) Catharina: Catharina is the wife of Johannes Vermeer. She is a Catholic and a member of the middle class. At the time of Vermeer's death, she had given birth to 11 children. The movie portrays her as a mean and jealous woman, always suspicious of Johannes' motives with other women.
4.) Maria Thins: Maria is Catharina's mother-in-law. She owns the home that Vermeer, his wife, and all the children live in. She is trying to keep the ever-growing family afloat by keeping Vermeer's patrons happy. She sees that Vermeer is attracted to Griet, and allows them to be around each other so Vermeer can paint. The movie portrays her as a woman who will do what it takes to keep the family in the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to.
Vermeer's catholic / artist middle class household is seen as somewhat extravagant with multiple rooms, a servant's quarters, a lot of art and ornamentation, and a large studio that Vermeer paints in. In contrast, Griet's small family home appears to be very quiet, with small rooms and little to no ornamentation. It appears that all the furniture in Griet's home is made of wood, as opposed to the fabrics and metals seen in the home of Vermeer.
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