Johannes Vermeer

Born 31 Oct 1632 in Delft – Vermeer. Girl in the pearl earring, and all those other famous highly-detailed interior studies. But how did he paint them? Were they traced using a camera obscura? Does it matter?

Vermeer mainly painted indoors, but he also painted this: View of Delft.

For further reading on the cheat or genius question, this is a good start: