Originally posted by Paul Rhoads:
Is it not implied, Alfredo my friend, in the phrase: "effects achieved optically through under and overpainting"? If the overpainting is not transparent (to some degree) would it not then fall into the catagory of an 'alla prima' effect? You might be referring to those famous underpaintings of texture suggested elsewhere, but I don't believe you are suggesting there is any of that in Vermeer--are you? In any case I don't think anyone pretends that relief effects are notable in Vermeer---though I am always glad to be shown the error of my ways!