1632 Born in Delft.
1652 Vermeer inherits his father’s property which includes an inn.
1653 Marries Catherina Bolnes, who is a Catholic, in spite of the initial opposition of his future mother-in-law. Vermeer seems to have converted to Catholicism possibly to mollify his wife’s mother. In October he is admitted to the Delft Guild of St Luke as a master.
1662–3 Serves for the first time as hoofdman (headman) of the painters’ guild.
1670–1 Serves again as hoofdman.
1672 Vermeer is summoned to The Hague in order to authenticate the attribution of paintings ascribed to Holbein, Raphael and Titian among others.
1675 Dies in Delft leaving 11 children.
1676 Catherina petitions for bankruptcy.
1654 Christ in the House of Martha and Mary , Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland
1656 The Procuress, Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c1657 A Woman Asleep at a Table, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
c1658 The Milkmaid , Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
c1658 A Lady Drinking and a Gentleman, Berlin, Staatliche Museen
c1658 View of Houses in Delf (The Little Street), Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
c1659 Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window, Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c1660 View of Delft, The Hague, Mauritshuis
Early 1660’s Young Woman with a Water Pitcher , New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1655–60 Officer and Laughing Girl, New York, Frick Collection
c1661 The Glass of Wine, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
1661 A Girl Interupted at her Music , New York, Frick Collection
1662 Young Woman with a Pearl Necklace, Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
c1664 Woman Holding a Balance , Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1664 A Woman in Blue Reading a Letter , Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
c1665 A Lady Writing , Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
c1665 Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Hague, Mauritshuis
1665–66 The Concert, Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
c1666–7 The Art of Painting, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
c1668 The Astronomer , Paris, Muse du Louvre
c1668 The Geographer , Frankfurt, Städelsches Kunstinstitut
c1670 Young Woman standing at a Virginal , London, National Gallery
c1670 The Lacemaker, Paris, Muse du Louvre
1669–70 The Letter , Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
1665–70 Mistress and Maid, New York, Frick Collection
c1670 Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland
c1672 The Guitar Player , London, Kenwood House
c1673 Lady Seated at a Virginal, London, National Gallery
1671–74 Allegory of Faith, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art