Woman Reading a Letter, Gabriel Metsu
Link is to a version on Wikimedia Commons. The original is in the National Gallery of Ireland.
This painting of a woman reading a letter, laced with symbolism and implied narrative, was intended as a “pendant” to Man Writing a Letter (the two paintings were meant to hang together as a pair; my post here).
Metsu was highly regarded and popular during his time and well after. At a time when Vermeer was not well known or valued, the general similarity in subject matter and approach prompted some art dealers to sell Vermeer’s paintings as Metsu’s. (The elevation of Vermeer to his current high place in the history of art took place over the last 150 or so years.)