Happy Birthday Johannes Vermeer!! The Dutch Baroque painter, born in 1632, was known for his rich, brilliant blue attributed to the use of ground lapis lazuli. I was fortunate enough to see The Milkmaid at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, famous for its incredible collection of works by Dutch masters. Vermeer was known for his domestic interiors. The warm, rich, oppulence of the maiden's dress invites you into her kitchen.