The Metropolitan Museum of Art is running a special exhibition from the Duch Golden Age through November 29th, 2009.
Making part of this exhibition is the famous work The Milkmaid from Johannes Vermeer, loaned by the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam to commemorate the connection between New York and the Netherlands on the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river that would bear his name.
Financed by the Dutch East India Company, his explorations led to the rise of the city New Amsterdam, later renamed New York.
The Milkmaid is regarded as one of the last works of Vermeer's early period, during which he adopted the style and subjects, namely domestic life, that were so common between the painters of that dutch period.
Artworks from famous painters such as Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Nicolaes Maes, part of the Metropolitan's collection, are also included in this exhibition.