Vermeer’s Surreal Piano The Ghost of Vermeer. One. An intrusion of death in austere rooms of art and culture. Two. A crack widening, ever so measurably. Three. Prey, unprepared for the predators. Four. How the heart moves about. Five. How can anything survive here? Plants, animals, people, art. There is too much light. It kills everything. Six. Death, and World’s Best Coffee.