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last update: October 27, 2020

On this page are listed exhibitions, conferences, multimedia events and publications of the recent past which are related to the life and/or work of Johannes Vermeer.

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The Frick Collections upgrades web presence and adds a new page on Vermeer new logo

Johannes Vermeer

The Frick recently upped their digital presence with an elegant, user-friendly web study dedicated exclusively to their three paintings by Vermeer: Officer and Laughing Girl, Girl Interupted in her Music and Mistress and Maid. their three Vermeers. The page offers access to the paintings, articles, podcasest and a few vidoes, as well links to as the Frick's rich collection of Photoarchive images, scanned books and archival documents.

The Last Vermeer

New film about Vermeer forger, Han van Meegeren new logo

The Last Vermeer
Director: Dan Friedkin
Writers: Jonathan Lopez (based on the book The Man Who Made Vermeers)
Stars: Guy Pearce, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps

The Last Vermeer (originally titled Lyrebird) is an American drama film directed by Dan Friedkin from a screenplay by John Orloff, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby. It is based on the 2008 book The Man Who Made Vermeers by Jonathan Lopez, and tells the story of Han van Meegeren (played by Guy Pearce), an art forger who forged Vermer paintings and swindled millions of dollars from the Nazis, alongside Dutch Resistance fighter Joseph Piller (Claes Bang).

The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2019, and is scheduled to be theatrically released on November 20, 2020, by Tristar Pictures.

Read an exclusive interveiw with Lope at:

IThe WOman who Stole Vermeer

New book on Vermeer thief new logo

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist
available at Amazon.com: November 10, 2020
by Anthony M. Amore

The extraordinary life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist.

In the world of crime, there exists an unusual commonality between those who steal art and those who repeatedly kill: they are almost exclusively male. But, as with all things, there is always an outlier—someone who bucks the trend, defying the reliable profiles and leaving investigators and researchers scratching their heads. In the history of major art heists, that outlier is Rose Dugdale.

Dugdale’s life is singularly notorious. Born into extreme wealth, she abandoned her life as an Oxford-trained PhD and heiress to join the cause of Irish Republicanism. While on the surface she appears to be the British version of Patricia Hearst, she is anything but.

Dugdale ran head-first towards the action, spearheading the first aerial terrorist attack in British history and pulling off the biggest art theft of her time. In 1974, she led a gang into the opulent Russborough House in Ireland and made off with millions in prized paintings, including works by Goya, Gainsborough, and Rubens, as well as Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid by the mysterious master Johannes Vermeer. Dugdale thus became—to this day—the only woman to pull off a major art heist. And as Anthony Amore explores in The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, it’s likely that this was not her only such heist.

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer is Rose Dugdale’s story, from her idyllic upbringing in Devonshire and her presentation to Elizabeth II as a debutante to her university years and her eventual radical lifestyle. Her life of crime and activism is at turns unbelievable and awe-inspiring, and sure to engross readers.

Alone with Vermeer, The Mauritshuis

Be alone with a Vermeer masterpiece new logo

Alone with Vermeer
Exhibition: 26 September 2020–3 January 2021

The renowned French novelist Marcel Proust visited the Mauritshuis in 1902 and was deeply impressed by Vermeer’s masterpiece. Many years later he wrote in a letter: "From the moment that I saw View of Delft in the museum in The Hague, I knew that I had seen the most beautiful painting in the world."

This exhibition consists solely of the View of Delft. During a pre-booked slot, visitors will have the opportunity–either alone or in a very small group–to experience in silence the effect that this very special artwork has on them. An ideal viewing experience is being created to support this: subtle design, perfect lighting and no external sounds or distractions. Alone with Vermeer. For many this display offers the opportunity to (re)discover their favorite painting, with which they sometimes already have a strong bond, in a unique environment.

find more information and book your time slot alone with View of Delft via the museum website:

The Music Lesson, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Music Lesson on continous display at Buckingham Palacenew logo

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
Friday, 11 Dec 2020 - Monday, 31 Jan 2022

The exhibition brings together some of the most important paintings in the Royal Collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Normally on public view for a limited time during the annual Summer Opening of the Palace, the paintings will be shown in The Queen’s Gallery while reservicing works are carried out to protect the historic building for future generations. The Picture Gallery was originally designed by the architect John Nash for George IV to display his collection of Dutch, Flemish and Italian Old Master paintings.

Artists represented in the exhibition include Titian, Guercino, Guido Reni, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, Jan Steen, Claude, Canaletto and Vermeer with his late-career masterpiece, The Music Lesson. All events at the Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace will be managed in line with COVID-secure procedures.

See the gallery's Welcome Back page for

more information:

Allegory of Faith, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Allegory of Faith travels to Australianew logo

European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
June 12, 2021–October 17, 2021

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art will be the exclusive Australian venue for a major exhibition which will feature many of the most important works of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York. European Masterpieces’ will include portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies and will be a must-see for art-lovers and anyone with an interest in history, society or art.

Vermeer's late-career "Allegory of Faith" will be among the paintings exhibited. Other works include Titian’s "Venus and Adonis,"Caravaggio’s "The Musicia," Rembrandt’s "Flora" and Vincent van Gogh’s "The Flowering Orchard."

tickets: https://qagoma.qtix.com.au/eventseatblockprices.aspx

Jacobus Vrel

"Minor" Dutch painter reevaluated new logo

Who was Jacobus Vrel? Looking for Clues of an Enigmatic Painter
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
October 19, 2021 - January 23 , 2022
(The exhibition, which was to open in 2020, has been rescheduled to 2021-2022)

Jacobus Vrel’s works seemingly reflect everyday life in a small Dutch town in the 17th century while creating enigmatic worlds at the same time in which the viewer is not addressed in any way at all. The figures turn away from us, show only their backs or appear lost in thought. The depictions even exude, in part, an oppressive stillness. Not without reason a close affinity to the well-known Dane Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916) has repeatedly been construed, whose atmospheric compositions, however, were created two centuries later.

Equally unusual are Vrel’s street scenes. The spatial arrangement of the buildings shown is reminiscent of film or theater sets. It is difficult to find comparable examples from the painter’s own time. There are neither plausible paradigms nor are there any clear similarities to the works of better-known fellow artists. Always in vertical format, the compositions show multi-storeyed but slender brick houses, mostly with pointed gabled roofs, lined up close to one another. Only a few figures populate the narrow alleyways paved with cobblestones. Are these real places that Vrel has rendered here or are they the painter’s invention, bearing no semblance to his immediate surroundings?

Together with the Fondation Custodia in Paris and the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich is staging the first monographic exhibition on the mysterious painter Jacobus Vrel and, with 35 paintings by Vrel, focuses on this harbinger of modernism whose secret is only revealed at second glance. The new findings of the international project do away with the preconceived notion of a "Vermeer du pauvre"—the poor-man’s Vermeer—and show that Vrel is to be seen much more as a precursor of Pieter de Hooch and Vermeer and not as their successor.

related publication:
A comprehensive monograph with a catalogue of all the artist’s works will be published in German, English and French to accompany the exhibition.

all venues:
Alte Pinakothek, Munich (13 October 2020 – 10 January 2021)
Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris (29 January – 18 April 2021)
Mauritshuis, The Hague (20 May – 29 August 2021)

Vermeer's Maps, Jonathan janson

EV article on the maps in Vermeer's paintingsnew logo

"Vermeer's Maps
curated by Jonathan Janson

In half a dozen of Vermeer's paintings, 5 maps can be seen hanging on the white-washed walls of his interior (another map, a large wall map, had originally been included Woman with a Pearl Necklace but was subsequently eliminated by the artist). Other than being interesting compositional elements and a technical challenge of the first order, maps provided Vermeer and many other Dutch painters a type of theoretical window to the greater world outside of the quiet intimacy of household environment. This lushly illustrated article provides historic information about each of the maps as well as an technical analysis of how they were painted.

David Stork

Vermeer-related talk by David G. Stork new logo

David G. Stork, PhD Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, special online LASER Talk at the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences entitled "Did Tim paint a Vermeer?"
lecture given: October 13, 2020


The Concert, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's The Concert to be recovered? new logo


On October 19, the BBC Four broadcast a documentary called The Billion Dollar Art Hunt.

As most of us will remember, on 18 March 1990, $1bn-worth of paintings were stolen from the walls of Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum including Vermeer's The Concert. 29 years later, journalist John Wilson received a tipoff that the works WERE ABOUT TO BE RECOVERED—not in Boston, as the FBI had assumed, but in west Dublin.

Wilson’s source is Charley Hill, a former detective in the Metropolitan Police Art Squad with a record of recovering famous paintings estimated at $100 million, including Munch’s The Scream and a Vermeer stolen from an Irish stately home. Hill, works privately now but is convinced that his intelligence about the Boston art theft is solid. A notorious Dublin gangster, Martin "The Viper " Foley, who was cultivated by Hill for years says he knows where the art can be found and wants to claim the $10 million reward. Foley is currently on he run but is 99% sure of the painting’s location.

The documentary recounts Wilson’s investigative journey into the hidden economy.


David Stork, Tim's Vermeer

Critical review of Tim Jenison's claim that Vermeer used a hitherto unknown optical apparatus to create his paintings new logo

Did Tim Paint a Vermeer?
by David G. Stork, Christopher W. Tyler, and Sara J. Schechner
pdf icon http://www.essentialvermeer.com/misc/StorkTylerSchechner21.pdf

Tim’s Vermeer is a 2013 documentary feature-film following engineer and self-described non-artist Tim Jenison’s extensive efforts to “paint a Vermeer,” (The Music Lesson) by means of a novel optical telescope and mirror-comparator procedure. In this article David Stork, Christopher Tyler and Sara Schechner examine Jenison’s proposed telescope optics in historical perspective, the difficulty and efficacy of the mirror comparator procedure and the particular visual evidence adduced in support of the comparator hypothesis. The authors contend some of Jenison key claims, including that the luminescence gradient along the rear wall of Vermeer's painting was impossible to achieve without the use of an optical instrument, as well as the fact that a slight bowing of a few straight lines of the virginals can be explained without the use of a mirror, which is part of Jenison's device. The study emphasizes not only that Jenison's apparatus would have been one of the most complicated optical systems of its time, but that it has thus far been proven particularly difficult to operate in a practical studio setting.

(Accepted for publication)

David G. Stork — scientist and author, who has made contributions to machine learning, pattern recognition, computer vision, artificial intelligence, computational optics, image analysis of fine art, and related fields.
Christopher W. Tyler — Head, Smith-Kettlewell Brain Imaging Center, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Sara J. Schechner — David P. Wheatland Curator Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University

Essential Vermeer Survey
initiated Aug. 24, 2020

Girl Reading an Open Letter, Dresden Vermeer exhibition, 2021

Major Vermeer exhibition in Dresden, 2021 new logo

Vermeer: Johannes Vermeer's Dresden Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window and Dutch Genre Painting from the 17th Century
March 19–June 27, 2021
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

from the Gemäldegalerie website:
Since 2017, Vermeer's early Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window has been restored after extensive investigations in Dresden. The demanding and time-consuming restoration will be completed in about half a year. It is already clear how serious the appearance of the painting is changing. The spectacular restoration will result in a changed view of the painting and will lead to an art historical reorganization of the work.

On the occasion, the Gemäldegalerie is planning the exhibition Vermeer, which is to be shown in the special exhibition rooms of the Semper building on the Zwinger in only one exhibition station.

At the heart of the exhibition are the Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window and another 9 paintings by Vermeer that are closely related to the picture. Moreover, 40–50 works of Dutch genre painting from the second half of the 17th century, including major works by Pieter de Hooch, Frans van Mieris, Gerard Ter Borch, Gabriel Metsu, Gerard Dou, Emanuel de Witte and Jan Steen, also present Vermeer's artistic environment with whom he was in close contact. Selected examples from other art forms such as sculptures, graphic prints, porcelain and historical furniture will enrich the exhibition in a meaningful relationship to individual paintings. As a result of the research project, the painting technique and restoration of the Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window will be devoted to a separate exhibition segment to illustrate the complex.

An extensive accompanying program, which includes film documentation and a digitorial, as well as special tours, a series of lectures and a reading series, serves to convey the ambitious exhibition project. A catalog and a children's guide will be published for the special exhibition.

Below are the Vermeer paintings that will be part of the exhibition. One work has yet to be announced.

Diana and her Companions
The Procuress
Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window
The Girl with a Wineglass
Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Woman Holding a Balance
Woman with a Pearl Necklace
The Geographer
Lady Standing at the Virginal

Donald Olson, Dating Vermeer/s View of Delft

Scientist attempts to refine dating of Vermeer’s View of Delft new logo

Dating Vermeer’s View of Delft
in Sky & Telescope (25–20)
Donald Olson, Regents Professor Emeritus

Known as the "celestial sleuth" for his work in so-called "forensic astronomy,," Donald Olson, an astronomer at Texas State University, and a few colleagues, were able to determine the precise time of day that Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took iconic photograph: a sailor and a woman in a white nurse's uniform kissing in the young lady. More recently Olson turned his attention to Vermeer's View of Delft. After lengthy investigation which entailed making precise measurements of the painting's architectural features, traveling to Delft to make on-site measurements, including topographical surveys and taking photographs roughly in line with what would have been Vermeer's viewpoint, he claims that he ia able to give a more accurate date of the painting. He states "If Vermeer intended to portray a morning scene consistent with the time shown by the clock in the painting, then the combined evidence—the hour hand of the Schiedam Gate clock, the empty bell tower, and the Sun’s position in the sky—indicates that the painting dates from 1659 or an earlier year and matches the view that the artist could have observed from his window at the inn at 8:00 a.m. on a date near September." Although Olson grants the painting could have taken weeks,mon ths or even years to paint, he maintains that "the remarkably accurate depiction of the distinctive and fleeting pattern of light and shadows on the Nieuwe Kerk suggests that at least this detail was inspired by direct observation of the sunlit tower rising above the wall and roofs of Delft."


Video episode from the Frick Collection, New York: Cocktails with a Curator: Vermeer's 'Officer and Laughing Girl' new logo

by Frick curator Aimee Ng

Have you heard about the weekly Cocktails with a Curator video premieres yet? Friday at 5 p.m. NYC time....a curator of the Frick Collection speaks in a fresh way about a work from the renowned New York collection collection, often with reference to the moment we're in... and there is a cocktail (and mocktail) accompaniment as well.

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, get up close to one of the Frick’s three beloved Vermeer paintings, Officer and Laughing Girl, with Curator Aimee Ng. While enjoying your Kopstootje—a shot of jenever (a traditional Dutch liquor) paired with a pint of beer—join Aimee in examining the artist’s masterful skill at portraying light and exploring the complex histories behind a seemingly simple hat.

(See the playlist of all published Cocktails with a Curator on the icon with "1/15" of the video below)

The Royal COllection icon

Vermeer's Music Lesson on dispay at Buckingham Palace for two years new logo

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
Friday, 11 Dec 2020 - Monday, 31 Jan 2022
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

The exhibition brings together some of the most important paintings in the Royal Collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Usually on public view during the annual Summer Opening of the Palace, the paintings will be shown in The Queen’s Gallery while Reservicing works are carried out to protect the historic building for future generations. The Picture Gallery was originally designed by the architect John Nash for George IV to display his collection of Dutch, Flemish and Italian Old Master paintings.

Artists represented in the exhibition include Titian, Guercino, Guido Reni, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, Jan Steen, Claude, Canaletto and Vermeer with his masteriece, The Music Lesson

All events at the Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace will be managed in line with COVID-secure procedures. Please see our Welcome Back page for more information..