Ongoing and Upcoming Vermeer-Related Events

last update: March 23, 2018

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New location proposed for Vermeer's house new logo

Vermeer’s House Revisited
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In his article Johannes Vermeer and his Neighbors (2017), Hans Slager tentatively supposed that what has been traditionally believed to be the location of Vermeer’s house in Delft–Oude Langendijk/corner Molenpoort alley–may not be correct. Following additional investigation, Slager strengthened his case and has come to the conclusion that Vermeer’s house was more likely located at the opposite (western) corner of the Molenpoort alley. In the past, this location had been dismissed for reasons that Slager now shows to be unfounded. In his new article, Vermeer’s House Revisited, Slager details all of his arguments, which are supported by primary archival sources.

WOman in Blue Reading a Letter, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter visits Munich new logo

Alte Pinakothek, Munich
July 3 - Septermber 30, 2018

For the reopening of the modernised exhibition spaces of the Alte Pinakothek Munich audiences will have the unique opportunity to see first-hand the world-famous Woman in Blue Reading a Letter’ by the Vermeer, on loan from the Gallery of Honour in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. This masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age—without a doubt one of the best known and most beautiful works by the painter from Delftenters into a fascinating dialogue with the major works of Dutch painting in the Munich collection.

Vermeer stamp

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Vermeer on Stamps: the collection of Vitaliy Demin


More than a thousand stamps currently in circulation are dedicated to the works of famous artists, such as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer. It is almost impossible to collect all of them; one must pick and choose in order to assemble a thematically coherent collection. Vermeer, one of the most intriguin artists in history, is an ideal candidate for a small collection.

Vitaliy Demin has compiled a complete list of all the stamps with Vermeer's works that are currently circulation all over the world, which counts fewer than 200 items. On display in this EV web article are all the available items from Mr. Demin's collection except a few non-perforated varieties, which, however, will be added later.

Girl with a Pearl Earring undergoes a technical examination, on public view at the Mauritshuis new logo

The Girl in the Spotlight
Monday 26 February to Sunday 11 March, 2018
Mauritshuis, The Hague

Beginning Monday, Feb 26, Vermeer's iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring will undergo a two-week technical examination dubbed "The Girl in the Spotlight," at the Mauritshuis.

Although further restoration is not required at the moment, major advances in non-invasive technical analysis made over the last 25 years will allow the painting to be examined deeper than before. Using the latest technologies, such as fluorescent X-rays, optical coherence tomography and digital microscopy, experts hope to answer a number of unanswered questions about the materials and methods Vermeer used to paint Girl with a Pearl Earring. The project will take place 24 hours a day.

Visitors will be able to observe the progress of the examination through a especially built transparent enclosure in the museum's the Golden Room. The collection's two other Vermeer paintings, View of Delft and Diana and her Companions remain on view in room 15.

The project involves a team of internationally recognized specialists associated with the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS). The NICAS partners are Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, TU Delft, and Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE)..

Girl with a Blog

As part of a multimedia presentation, Mauritshuis paintings conservator and head researcher Abbie Vandivere will be blogging and posting photos daily updates during the project.

click here to view the project program and here follow daily updates.

Girl with a pearl Earring

New video clip of the cleaning of Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window new logo

A video clip (with English subtitles) which shows Dr. Christoph Schölzel removing the varnish from Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window has just been released.


Ueno royal Museum, Japan

Vermeer exhibiton in Japan new logo

Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art
Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo)
October 5, 2018 – February 3, 2019

The Hata Stitching Foundation is organizing a major Vermeer exhibition to be held at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, called Making the Difference: Vermeer and The Dutch Art. The exhibition is is expected to be the largest Vermeer exhibition that has ever been held in Asia. The organizers anticipate that eight paintings by Vermeer will be featured. During the press conference held on November 20, 2017 the names of the first four paintings were announced: The Milkmaid, Christ in the House of Martha and Maria, Woman Writing a Letter, with her Maid and also the The Wine Glass, the latter of which is rarely allowed to travel from its home, the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.

The names of the remaining paintings will be released through 2018.

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The art of Painting, Johannes Vermeer

New study of the provenance of Vermeer's The Art of Painting new logo

The Puzzle Solved? Notes on the Early Provenance of Vermeer's The Art of Painting
by Erik de Visser

The Puzzle Solved? Notes on the Early Provenance of Vermeer's The Art of Painting sets out in well-considered detail the high probability that Vermeer's masterpiece did indeed, as suspected by some scholars, come to Vienna in 1745 at the time that Gerard van Swieten (1700–1772) took up his position as Empress Maria Theresa's personal physician. In addition, the paper shows that the Dutch doctor could not have come into possession of this painting if, in the immediate years following Vermeer's death (1675), the artist's wife, Catherina Bolnes, and his mother-in-law, Maria Thins, had failed to keep Vermeer's masterpiece safe in Delft. As will be shown, a chain of events set in motion by Maria Thins resulted in the painting leaving the Vermeer family to eventually come into the ownership of two Van Swieten generations.

Johannes Vermeer and his Neighbours

Detailed study of Vermeer's neighborhood with house-by-house database new logo

Johannes Vermeer and his Neighbours (PDF )
by Hans G. Slager, independent researcher

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It has been universally accepted that the mature Johannes Vermeer lived on Oude Langendijk in Delft, situated amidst the Catholic living quarter known as the Papist Corner. Following John Michael Montias' Vermeer and his Milieu: A Web of Social History, published in 1989, however, no further research was conducted in regards to either the location of the artist's living quarters or the neighbourhood in which he lived. Persuaded that a more accurate reconstruction of the Papist corner was possible, and that neighbours may influence the lives of its individual members, the independent researcher Hans Slager has examined afresh the circumstances of those who lived in the vicinity of Vermeer in the hopes of uncovering not only undiscovered information but clues for further research.

This new study of the Papist Corner investigates a wealth of housing and genealogical data in the light of house sales, taxation records, legal issues and other events, at times mundane, but nevertheless vital to the success of the reconstruction. Slager's analysis suggests that Vermeer's traditionally-held residence on the Oude Langendijk may, in fact, be erroneous, and that his real residence may still physically exist.

Aside from the Papist neighbourhood, other issues are addressed, such as the fate of the Mechelen inn, Van Ruijven's patronage and Van Leeuwenhoek's presumed friendship with Vermeer. Lastly, an analysis of the name linked to the two prominently-pictured heraldic stems that appear on the two stained-glass windows in Vermeer's The Glass of Wine and The Girl with a Wine Glass reveals possible links to various Leiden fijnschilder painters. Ties between some of Vermeer's principal clients are also described in detail.

Necessarily, a study containing such a significant amount of data demands a selective rather than a story-telling approach so that all data is organized within a house-by-house scheme. Moreover, data is published in full in order to serve as a springboard for future investigation—there may still be more information on Vermeer, hopefully complimenting Montias' seminal study on Vermeer and his extended family.

Johannes Vermeer and his Neighbours may be read by art historians, Delft historians and Vermeer lay enthusiasts alike.

Mistress and Maid, Johannes Vermeer

New publication and technical examination of the Vermeer's Mistress and Maid in the Frick Collection new logo

The Frick Collection has announced a new series of books entitled Frick Diptychs. Each publication will illuminate a single important work from the museum's collection by juxtaposing an in-depth essay by a curator with a contribution from a contemporary cultural figure. Connecting the Old Masters with the masters of today, the series is designed to spark a dialogue in essay form between creative spirits and art historians, promising fresh insights for the expert and general public alike. The first volume is dedicated to Hans Holbei's portrait of Sir Thomas More, one of the Frick's most iconic paintings. A subsequent volume will be devoted to Vermeer's remarkable Mistress and Maid, one of the three Vermeer's owned by the Frick Collection. The Vermeer book will feature an essay by Margaret Iacono, Associate Research Curator at the Frick, and a piece by film director, writer, and producer James Ivory, known for movies including The Golden Bowl, The Remains of the Day, and A Room with a View. The series is in association with D Giles Ltd., London. The volume on Vermeer book is expected to be published in mid to late 2018.

In connection with the new series of books, Vermeer's Mistress and Maid is temporarily off view because it is undergoing technical analysis at the Metropolitan Museum. The painting will probably be back on view no sooner than late January 2018. The results of the analysis will be shared thereafter. The other two paintings by Vermeer, Officer and Laughing Girl and Girl Interrupted in her Music, will remain on view as usual.

The Frick Diptychs will be sold at the Museum Shop of the Frick, online at, or by phone 212.547.6848.

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Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window begins resoration ongoing icon

restoration of Johannes Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open WindowImage from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister website

In March, 2017, the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meiste of Dresden removed Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window from the permanent exhibition in order to begin the restoration of the picture. The procedure will accompanied by an expert commission of five restorers and scientists from Dresden, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Vienna.

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Considering its age, the painting is stable in terms of its conservation condition. Its surface, however, is characterized by severely darkened layers of varnish and old retouching, and this above all gave rise to the decision to restore the painting. The restoration is taking place in the paintings conservation department at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and is being performed by paintings conservator Dr. Christoph Schölzel. Accompanying the restoration is a research project about the painting, carried out in cooperation with the archaeometry laboratory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, the Doerner-Institut at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and The National Gallery in London.

Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window will be presented to the public when the renovation of the Gemäldegalerie in the Semperbau is complete and the museum reopens in 2019. It will be a highlight of the new permanent exhibition.

Gary Schwartz, Vermeer in Detail

New in-detail Vermeer monograph by Gary Schwartz new logo

Vermeer in Detail
by Gary Schwartz
March, 2017

An excellent introduction to the art of Johannes Vermeer based on 120 large and lavish details from his work. Each is provided withrefreshing commentary, covering subject matter, technique and modes of picture-making, the origins of the objects he paints, comparisons of motifs, scholarly discussion concerning his work and more.

Concise entries and illustrations of the 37 paintings currently given to Vermeer, including the disputed attributions. Preceded by a capsule biography.

Purchase of the volume provides the buyer with exclusive access to a website with high-resolution images of the complete paintings.


Dutch (Ludion, Antwerp), French (Hazan, Paris) and English (UK: Thames & Hudson, London - US: Abrams, New York)