"The Milkmaid," sometimes called "The Kitchen Maid," is an oil-on-canvas painting of a domestic kitchen maid, painted by Seventeenth-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The maid pours milk from a pitcher into a bowl. The table is set with baskets containing several types of bread. The woman would more accurately been referred to as a "kitchen maid" rather than a specialised "milkmaid." At the time of this painting "milk maids" were women who milked cows.
The exact year of the painting's completion is uncertain. The Rijksmuseum estimates it as circa 1658.