Vermeer-Related Events of the Past

Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus in the Mauritshuis at the opening of the exhibition In the Light of Vermeer -  Five Centuries of European Painting (The Mauritshuis - 25 June-5 September 1966)
The Hague 1966: Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus in the Mauritshuis at the opening of the exhibition In the Light of Vermeer -
Five Centuries of European Painting
(The Mauritshuis - 25 June-5 September 1966). The royal couple in the company of
Dr. Ab de Vries, director of the Mauritshuis.

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

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EUROMUSE.NET is a public access portal giving accurate information on major exhibitions in European museums. Each museum's information is available in the native language and in English.
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CODART provides a list of current, upcoming and past Flemish and Dutch related exhibitions, a newsletter and much more.
http://www.codart.nl/exhibitions/

2011-2012-2013

Mauritshuis Opening on 27 June 2014

The Mauritshuis will open its doors on Friday 27 June 2014 after a two-year renovation.

The world famous painting collection, including three paintings by Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The View of Delft and Diana and her Companions, will once again be displayed in the fully renovated and expanded Mauritshuis. After a celebratory opening, the museum will be open to the public for visit free of charge until midnight. The renovated Mauritshuis doubles its surface with an underground expansion into a building on the other side of the street. Still, little about the character of the museum will change. The appearance and unique homely atmosphere are preserved, thanks to the design of Hans van Heeswijk architects. The most obvious change is the relocation of the main entrance to the forecourt. Visitors will descend via the stairs or lift to a light foyer, connecting ‘old’ and ‘new’ underground. The new part, the Royal Dutch Shell Wing, will house the exhibition space, the brasserie and the museum shop. Furthermore, it will accommodate the educational Art Workshop, a library, and event rooms.

The museum has also rennovated its website and has added new high-resolution image is their Vermeer’s paintings which can be veiwed with a zoom feature or downloaded to one’s hard disk. The downloadable images are lower resolution than the zoom versions.

zoom features:
Girl with a Pearl Earring
View of Delft
Diana and her Compantions

downloads
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Girl with a Pearl Earring
View of Delft
Diana and her Compantions

Mauritshuis
Korte Vijverberg 8
2513 AB The Hague
P.O. Box 536
2501 CM The Hague

National Gallery of Art Online Editions

from the NGA wes bite:

Available for the first time on the National Gallery of Art website, NGA Online Editions presents the most current, in-depth information on the Gallery’s collections by the world’s leading art historians along with rich capabilities for exploring that information. A customized reading environment and toolkit for managing text and images are intended both to provide scholars with a useful workspace for research and to encourage the study and appreciation of art.

NGA Online Editions launches with Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century by Gallery curator Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and will ultimately document more than 5,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts in the nation's collection. Editions include an introduction by the curator, illustrated scholarly entries (each preceded by a short overview), artists' biographies, technical summaries, and a complement of rich media, educational materials, and appendices related to the featured collection. Formerly known as The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue (a printed series of authoritative volumes on the Gallery’s permanent collections), NGA Online Editions puts this same detailed information—and more—at the fingertips of students, scholars, and anyone eager to learn more about the treasures of the National Gallery of Art.

Here are the relative pages:

National Gallery of Art Online Editions
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/online-editions.html

Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/online-editions/17th-century-dutch-paintings.html

Johannes Vermeer
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/artist-info.1951.html?artobj_artistId=1951&pageNumber=1

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer

"Young Woman Seated at the Virginals" exhibition at Philadelphia Museum of Art extended to September 30

Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at theVirginals
Philadelphia Museuym of Art
October 26, 2013 - September 30, 2014

from the museum website:
Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at the Virginal will be joined by two additional loans from the Leiden Collection: Frans Hals’s Portrait of Samuel Ampzing and The Coat of Many Colors attributed to Rembrandt’s pupil Gerbrand van den Eeckhout. All three paintings are on view in the galleries of European art 1500–1850 on the second floor, in the company of a selection of the Museum’s own paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. The Museum possesses more than three hundred seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, the largest collection of its kind in North America.

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exhibition curator:
Christopher Atkins, Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture

Vermeer and Music film

Vermeer-related film

Vermeer and Music
In cinemas worldwide on October 10 & varying dates

The National Gallery, London, is offering a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all – Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. The National Gallery has chosen to focus on Vermeer’s relationship with music. It is one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting and reveals an enormous amount about the sitter and the society they lived in. New research, revealed for the first time at this exhibition, shows how his technique and materials affected his works.

Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer’s life – and, in doing so, shows in fabulous HD detail many other of the artist’s captivating works.

To book tickets go to the find a venue page.

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer-related exhibition

The Myth of the Golden Age. From Vermeer to Rembrandt: Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis
(La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla: Il mito della Golden Age Da Vermeer a Rembrandt Capolavori dal Mauritshuis)
Feb. 8 - May 25, 2014
Bologna, Palazzo Fava

Among the paintings going on exhibition are the Girl with a Pearl Earring and the Diana and her Companions by Johannes Vermeer and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, neither of which will have been seen by Italian audiences in many years. The decision to organize a major international travelling exhibition of a select group of paintings from the museum’s rich collection was prompted by the large-scale renovations to its premises, which will be finished in 2014. The exhibiton is organized by Linea d'ombra.

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exhibition curators:
Marco Goldin
Emilie E.S. Gordenker
Quentin Buvelot
Ariane van Suchtelen
Lea van der Vinde

Mariët Westermann

Vermeer-related lecture

“Silence in the Studio: Vermeer and Terborch”
by Mariët Westermann
Washington College, Chestertown MD (Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts)
Wednesday, April 9 (5 p.m.)

from the Washington College website:
Celebrated art historian Mariët Westermann, vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will explore the technical innovations by Dutch painters of the Golden Age such as Vermeer and Gerrit ter Borch in a lecture entitled “Silence in the Studio: Vermeer and Terborch.” T he lecture will be given on the occasion of the 11th annual Janson-La Palme Distinguished Lecture in European Art History on the college campus.

A native of Holland, Westermann graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a degree in history. She later completed her master’s degree and Ph.D. in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and has written extensively on Dutch painting and Vermeer. Westermann is the author of several acclaimed books, including A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718 (ranked a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times); The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the 17th Century; Rembrandt: Art and Ideas; and Anthropologies of Art.  She also authored Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675 for the Rijksmuseum Dossiers series and served as guest curator of “Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt” at the Newark Museum and Denver Art Museum. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Click here for Washington College event page.

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer-related exhibition

Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at the Virginals
October 26, 2013 - March 2014
Philadelphia Museum of Art

from the museum website:
Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at the Virginals will be joined by two additional loans from the Leiden Collection: Frans Hals’s Portrait of Samuel Ampzing and The Coat of Many Colors attributed to Rembrandt’s pupil Gerbrand van den Eeckhout. All three paintings are on view in the galleries of European art 1500–1850 on the second floor, in the company of a selection of the Museum’s own paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. The Museum possesses more than three hundred seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, the largest collection of its kind in North America.

For further in formation, click here.

exhibition curator:
Christopher Atkins, Associate Curator of European Painting & Sculpture

From Perception to Paint: the practical use of the Camera Obscura in the time of Vermeer

Vermeer-related study

From Perception to Paint: the practical use of the Camera Obscura in the time of Vermeer
Jane Jelley
in Art and Perception
July 2013

There has been much debate as to whether Vermeer himself would have used any kind of optical aid in the execution of his paintings. The paintings themselves appear to show optical effects and distortions, seen only through a lens and not with the naked eye. Was Vermeer just influenced by the view through a camera, or did he transfer the projected images directly to his paintings?

The experiment shows a method that would have made transfers from a projection to a canvas a practical possibility, using readily available materials and contemporary technology. This technique not only solves the problems of the reversals of camera obscura images, but significantly, the resultant transfers from the lens show striking resonances with Vermeer’s own underpainting, revealed by scientific analysis. This research also provides some answers about the use of particular materials in the 17th-century studio.

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Vermeer's Lady in Waiting

Vermeer-related novel

Vermeer's Lady in Waiting
by Laurel "Lolly" Anderson
2012

Millicent Clermont must learn what is real or fake in art, life, and love. A painting discovered in her mentor's Virginia plantation is on the list of Nazi looted art. Is it a real Vermeer? Was does the secret code in the overpainting mean and why will people kill for it? From the majestic halls of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the luscious landscapes of VIrginia, to Paris, Jerusalem, and Germany, readers will be enthralled with fascinating details of painting authentication, forgeries, and the Nazi desecration of the world's cultural treasures.

Oklahoma Book Awards 2013

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Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (Rijksmuseum publication)

New Vermeer publication

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (Rijksmuseum publication)
by Gregor J.M. Weber
64 pages full-colour, paperback, Dutch and English
2013

The hushed mood, the painstaking composition, the modulating blues, the suggestion of light - all these aspects make Vermeer's Woman in Blue (ca. 1663) one of the great masterpieces of painting. Discover this Rijksmuseum highlight in a book by Vermeer expert Gregor Weber.

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Vermeer and Technique

Vermeer-related web study

Vermeer and Technique
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/research/meaning-of-making/vermeer-and-technique/

Discover the techniques and materials behind four of Vermeer’s music-themed paintings on display in the exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure (26 June – 8 September 2013).

Illuminating and richly illustrated.

topics include:

from the National Gallery website:
The extended loan of Vermeer's The Guitar Player from Kenwood House enabled National Gallery researchers to analyse the painting's materials and closely study the techniques used. The findings were compared with other late paintings by Vermeer in the National Gallery (A Young Woman seated at a Virginal and A Young Woman standing at a Virginal), and a slightly earlier work (The Music Lesson) kindly lent by the Royal Collection for the National Gallery's 2013 summer exhibition Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure.

This project presented an opportunity for close visual examination and technical imaging of these works. In addition, a small number of paint samples obtained from each of these paintings in the 1960s and archived since that time at the Doerner Institut were kindly loaned for study. Techniques for the analysis of these samples, not available in the 1960s, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and attenuated total reflectance – Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy have now been undertaken. The aim has been to draw together information from current visual inspections, analytical evidence from the old paint samples, and the results of the analysis of a very small number of new samples which we have been able to take from our own paintings. The study has been directed to understanding the current condition of the paintings and how this may relate to the alteration of Vermeer’s original painting materials and to conservation treatments undertaken in the past.

Canvas matches in Vermeer: A case study in the fabric analysis of canvas supports

Vermeer-related publication

Canvas matches in Vermeer: A case study in the fabric analysis of canvas supportsMetropolitan Museum Journal, vol. 47, 2012, pp. 99 - 106
by Walter Liedtke, C. Richard Johnson Jr. and Don H. Johnson

the article is downloadable at:
http://people.ece.cornell.edu/johnson/LiedtkeMMJ.pdf

For the past several years two American scientists, C. Richard Johnson Jr. and Don H. Johnson, "have developed computer algorithms that allow an analysis of canvas weaves that is more precise than traditional methods. They have digitally mapped canvases used by European artists ranging in date from the 1450s to Vincent van Gogh’s pictures of 1888 – 90. The results so far have been variously revealing for those artists and for Velázquez, Vermeer, Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, and Matisse.
In the case of Johannes Vermeer, twenty nine of his canvases have been digitally mapped to date, out of the thirty-six paintings by him (two of which are on wood) that are generally accepted by scholars. The two scientists discovered that "three canvas weave matches were found, with three different implications: a question of authenticity; another concerning chronology; and the hypothesis that two pictures were intended by the artist as a pair. The results of the analysis suggest that the canvas of the Lacemaker originated from the same bolt of canvas as that of the recently reattributed Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (not to be confused with the London work of Vermeer by a similar title). Another weave match found in Vermeer’s oeuvre is between two genre paintings of identical size, Young Woman Standing at a Virginal and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, both in the National Gallery, London.

Walter Liedtke, the curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vermeer expert, furnishes an art historical reading of the investigation

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring in the United States in 2013 & in Bologna, Italy, 2014

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (35 works)
de Young - San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts
San Francisco
Jan 26 - June 2, 2013

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis (35 works)
High Museum of Art
Atlanta
June 22 - Sept. 29, 2013

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
(10 works)
Frick Collection
New York
Oct. 22, 2013 - Jan 19, 2014

La ragazza con l'orecchino di perla: Il mito della Golden Age. Da Vermeer a Rembrandt capolavori dal Mauritshuis
8 febbraio - 25 maggio 2014
Bologna, Italy (Palazzo Fava)

press release:
Masterpieces from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis will be exhibited at three museums in the United States from January 2013 to January 2014. The Mauritshuis has agreed to send more than thirty works to the de Young/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the tour will finish with a smaller selection at The Frick Collection in New York. Among the paintings going on tour are the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer and The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, neither of which will have been seen by American audiences in ten years. Furthermore, this is the first occasion since the mid-1980s that a substantial group of works from the Mauritshuis has come to the United States. The decision to organize a major international travelling exhibition of a select group of paintings from the museum’s rich collection was prompted by the large-scale renovations to its premises, which will be finished in 2014.

The Guitar Player, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer exhibition in London

Vermeer and Music: Love and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age
26 June – 8 September, 2013
Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery of Art, London
Admission free

This exhibition explores the concept of music as a pastime of the elite in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century. Vermeer and Music: Love and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age will bring together the National Gallery’s two paintings by Vermeer, Young Woman Standing at a Virginal and Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, The Royal Collection's The Music Lesson, A Young Woman Seated at the Virginal (attributed to Johannes Vermeer) and the Guitar Player, on exceptional loan from the Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood House.

The exhibition aims to enhance viewers’ appreciation of these beautiful and evocative paintings by Vermeer and his contemporaries by juxtaposing them with musical instruments and songbooks of the period. Visitors will be able to compare 17th-century virginals, guitars, lutes and other instruments with their painted representations to judge the accuracy of representation and what liberties the painter might have taken to enhance the visual or symbolic appeal of his work. In 17th-century Dutch paintings, music often figured as a metaphor for harmony, a symbol of transience or, depending on the type of music being performed, an indicator of one’s education and position in society. Musical instruments and songbooks were also included as attributes in elegant portraits to suggest that the sitter was accomplished in this area.

Vermeer's Daughter: Vermeer realted conference

Vermeer-related conference

Vermeer's Daughter?
NYU Cantor Film Center, New York
Saturday May 18, 2013 (11:00 a.m. – 6: p.m.).

In his book Vermeer’s Family Secrets (Routledge in 2009), Cooper Union art history professor Benjamin Binstock proposed that four paintings by Vermeer, including the Girl with a Red Hat,  might actually have been painted by his daughter, Maria, who he further identified as the model for the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. Thus far, however, Binstock’s thesis has been met with silence in the art historical press—itself a fascinating response.  But what if we were to take Binstock’s claims seriously, or at least allow them a fair hearing? How might we go about doing so? Beyond that, what if we in turn were to think about how such theories make their way through the art historical vetting process? How generally does scholarship evaluate such claims, and in turn how ought we evaluate how it does so? And if Binstock were proven right?

An all-day symposium will address Binstock’s unorthodox theory and related questions will be held at the NYU Cantor Film Center, Saturday May 18, 2013 (11:00 a.m. – 6: p.m.). The symposium will attended by:

Entrance is open to the public and free.

For further details click here or download the PDF, which features a brief account of Binstock’s theory.

Vermeer's Concert

One big step closer to recovering Vermeer’s stolen Concert?

drawn from the CNN website:

The FBI said Monday it believes it knows who was behind one of the most significant art heists in the United States -- the 1990 theft of 13 precious works, once valued at $500 million, from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The did not reveal the suspects' names,  but know that they "are members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England."

The bureau also said it believes the Vermeer’s Concert—including paintings by Rembrandt—was taken to Connecticut and the Philadelphia area and that the thieves unsuccessfully tried to sell some of the artwork in Philadelphia about 10 years ago. The announcement comes on the 23rd anniversary of the theft, which the FBI says is one of the largest property crimes in U.S. history.

see full story:
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/18/justice/massachusetts-fbi-art-theft/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Guitar Player (detail), Johannes Vermeer

High-resolution of Vermeer's Guitar Player

The National Gallery of Art in London has just pblished a high-resolution image of Vermeer's Guitar Player which will reside at the gallery until the renovation of the pciture's permanant collect (Kenwood House, Lond) is completed.

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/johannes-vermeer-guitar-player

room 25, National Gallery, London

Guitar Player now on display at the National Gallery

The National Gallery of Art in London is now exhibiting Vermeer's late Guitar Player during the renovation of the Kenwood House, where it is normally housed. The work is in the same room as the National Gallery's own Lady Standing at the Virginals, room 25, second level.

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/johannes-vermeer-guitar-player

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter,  Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer travels to Shangai, São Paulo and Los Angeles

The Rijksmuseum is starting its global campaign for the Grand Opening on 13 April 2013 with an international tour of one of its masterpieces, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. It will be first shown in Shanghai at the China Art Museum in the exhibition Congratulations from the World, then at the Museu de Arte in São Paulo, Brazil, and finally at J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. At Grand Opening on 13 April 2013, the painting will be on show again in the Rijksmuseum.

Woman with a Lute, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer and Dutch painting exhibition in Rome, Italy

(ora, con sette pagine in italiano)

Vermeer. Il secolo d’oro dell’arte olandese (in italiano)
(Vermeer and the Golden Age of Dutch Art)
Scuderie del Quirinale
Rome, Italy
ottobre 2012 – 20 gennaio 2013

from the exhibition website:
Vermeer and the Golden Age of Dutch Art is the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to one of the foremost Dutch painters of the seventeen century, and perhaps one of the general  public’s most beloved artists.

Organized by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and co-produced with MondoMostre, the exhibition is curated by Arthur K. Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings - National Gallery of Art in Washington, Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Sandrina Bandera, Soprintendente per il Patrimonio Artistico Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantopologico di Milano.

Other than the eight confirmed works by Vermeer, many paintings by the key protagonists  of the 17th-century Dutch genre school  will be on display.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring & the Diana and her Companions go to Japan in 2012

Masterpieces from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
October 29 - December 2012
City Museum Kobe, Japan
http://www.asahi.com/mauritshuis2012/

This show will feature Vermeer's masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring and the early Diana and her Companions while many other masterpieces are already on display at a separate Vermeer show (continuing through March 14) at Tokyo's Bunkamura.

video presentation :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_
embedded&v=ZalFLhX0_o0

Complete Vermeer Exhibitions

Essential Vermeer website additions

From Renaissance to Rococo. Four Centuries of European Drawing, Painting and Sculpture exhibition logoi

Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace travels to Tokyo

From Renaissance to Rococo. Four Centuries of European Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
Jun. 13 - Sept. 17, 2012
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

from the the exhibition website :

Arriving in Japan will be 107 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from the collections at the National Museums of Berlin (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)—magnificent collections amassed at the museums as a national mission, after their founding in the 19th century when Berlin was the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia. The exhibition will enable viewers to compare artworks of the Italian and Northern Renaissances as they view European art of the 15th to 18th centuries.

Included is one work that must not be missed—Young Lady with a Pearl Necklace, one of the finest of the few surviving masterpieces by Jan Vermeer van Delft, the foremost artist of 17th century Dutch Golden Age painting. The painting will be making its first appearance in Japan.

Along with paintings by Rembrandt and sculptures by the master German sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider, the exhibition will also offer some 30 drawings from the Italian Renaissance—a period spanning 200 years, from 1420 to around 1600—including works by Sandro Botticelli and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Van Musscher

Vermeer contemporary Michiel van Musscher commemorated at the Van Loon Museum in Amsterdam

Michiel van Musscher: the opulence of the Golden Age
9 March – 10 June 2012
Museum van Loon, Amsterdam

While Vermeer lovers might remember Michiel Van Musscher’s emulation of Vermeer’s Art of Painting, perhaps only a few have given this lesser-known 17th-century Dutch painter the full attention he deserves.  To rectify the situation, on March 9, 2012 the Museum Van Loon opened an exhibition Michiel van Musscher (1645 -1705) the Wealth of the Golden Age, the very  first exhibition dedicated to this talented artist.

By the end of the 17th century, Van Musscher had become a successful portraitist. While visiting the capital in 1687, Swedish architect Nicodemus Tessin deemed him the very best Amsterdam painter for small portraits. He is noted for having portrayed the exuberant lifestyle of the Dutch elite and the wealth of the Golden Age with  great pictorial quality and richness in detail. His portraits are painted in the tradition of Netscher and Van Mieris although it is clear that he had seen and drawn inspiration from Vermeer as well for a few of his own compositions. Among his sitters was Tsar Peter the Great.

The exhibition counts not only his more famous paintings from Dutch collections and the Van Loon Museum itself, but also a significant number of paintings from private collections and international museums. The exhibition is a tribute to the work of Van Musscher and visualizes the latter days of the Dutch Golden Age.

catalogue avaliable at: info@museumvanloon.nl

Michiel Van Musscher (1645 -1705). The Wealth of the Golden Age.
Gerhardt, Robert. Francis Quint.
Amsterdam, Museum van Loon,
Zwolle,
2012
(paperback, pp. 64, col. ill., 24 x 27 cm.)

museum page:
http://www.museumvanloon.nl/eng/home-volg.php?item=item20120309154511.php

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 2012 - 1

Rijksmuseum publishes new bulletin with two articles on Vermeer's newly restored Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin 2012 - 1

"The restoration of Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer"s
by IGE VERSLYPE

"A Question of Framing: On Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter"
by GREGOR J.M. WEBER

to order, click here: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/research-and-library/the-rijksmuseum-bulletin

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer

Vew digital image of Vermeer's recently restored Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

click here to access high resolution image

The Rijksmuseum has updated their hi-res image of the Woman in Blue Reading a Letter after its recent restoration. At first sight it looks a bit disjointed as pictures always do after restoration. The whole much cooler in hue now the long winding scarf-like piece of cloth on the table, once fairly muddled, can be made out a bit better recalling a similar scarf-like object that drapes down in the Art of Painting. The figure has gained much force and now stands out of the picture more than it did before the dark, yellow varnish was removed. The painting now appears to have greater spatial resonance and sense of volume.

Some color can be made out in the map as well as a few topographical features which had been overpainted. A row of discreet brass buttons with tiny highlights now run along the side of the foreground chair which had been completely obscured by retouches.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring & the Diana and her Companions go to Japan in 2012

Masterpieces from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
June 30-Sept. 17, 2012
http://www.asahi.com/mauritshuis2012/

This exhibition will mark the reopening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, which has been closed for renovations for two years.

This show will feature Vermeer's masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring and the early Diana and her Companions while many other masterpieces are already on display at a separate Vermeer show (continuing through March 14) at Tokyo's Bunkamura.

video presentation :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_
embedded&v=ZalFLhX0_o0

Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer painting goes to Detroit

Detroit Institute of Art
August 8 - Labour Day (about), 2012

On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance will take center stage in a tightly focused exhibition, flanked by two similarly intimate scenes painted by Gerard ter Borch and Pieter de Hooch, two of Vermeer's contemporaries and stars of the DIA's Dutch collection. The painting is the first Vermeer to visit Detroit in probably 65 years.

Christ in the House of martha and Mary

Vermeer’s early Christ in the House of Martha and Mary to be exhibited in Italy

Da Vermeer a Kandinsky. Capolavori dai musei del mondo a Rimini
Jan. 21 - June 3, 2012
Castel Sismondo
Piazza Malatesta
47900 Rimini, Italy

website:
http://www.lineadombra.it/da-vermeer-a-kandinsky/la-mostra

New hi-res images of 8 Vermeer's paintings

New hi-res images of 8 Vermeer's paintings

Google has added seven new high-resolution images of Vermeer’s painting to their Google Art Project, bringing the total works of this master to fourteen. The Art of Painting is quite good in color but at maximum magnifications it is notably out of focus. The Music Lesson is more or less a disaster: it is overexposed, rotated slightly to the right and not even all that large. The Young Woman with a Water Pitcher is the same image already available on the Metropolitan website. The two Dresden paintings, for some reason, are both very poor in color and out of focus. The Christ in the House of Martha and Mary is only acceptable. That leaves the Washington Woman Holding a Balance and the Lady Writing, both which are in focus and perfectly registered in color, useful for the scholar and first-tier Vermeer admirer alike.

links to Google hi-res images:

The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer

Rijksmuseum sends Vermeer's Love Letter to Turkey for the first time

Where Darkness Meets Light...Rembrandt & his Contemporaries
Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul
21 February - 10 June 2012

from artdaily.com:
For the first time, the Rijksmuseum is organising an exhibition on the Dutch Golden Age in Turkey, including five paintings by Rembrandt and Love Letter by Vermeer. Over 100 masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum collection will be on display in Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul from 21 February to 10 June 2012. The exhibition is part of the festivities marking 400 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands.

The exhibition showcases the rich and varied nature of 17th-century Dutch art and history, telling the story of the power and majesty of the young Dutch Republic in the Golden Age through a selection of 111 paintings, drawings, prints and applied art in the form of carpets, ceramics, silverware and glassware. The exhibits include landscapes by Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael and Aelbert Cuyp, still lifes by Pieter Claesz and Adriaen Coorte, genre pieces by Gerard ter Borch, Gabriël Metsu and Pieter de Hooch, and jocular scenes by Jan Steen and Adriaen van Ostade. Two portraits by Frans Hals will also be on display, alongside several cityscapes by Gerrit Berckheyde and two pen paintings by Willem van de Velde de Oude.

The highlights of the exhibition are The Love Letter(1669-1670) by Johannes Vermeer and no fewer than five paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn : Portrait of Haesje van Cleyburgh (1634), Still life with peacocks (c. 1639) and Portrait of Dr Ephraïm Bueno (1645-47), The music lesson (1626) and Joseph recounting his dreams (1633).

museum website:
http://muze.sabanciuniv.edu/page/where-darkness-meets-light

oung Woman Seated at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer’s late Young Woman Seated at a Virginal exhibited in Oxford

Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford
Jan. 23 - Sept., 2012

http://www.ashmolean.org/news/?id=171

The Girl with a Glass of Wine

Vermeer's Girl with a Glass of Wine on exhibition in Kassel

Light Structure - The Light in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
18 November 2011 - 26 February 2012
Museum Hessen Kassel, Kassel, Germany

Seventy superb works from the Baroque age of painting will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition Light structure: The light in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, in William Castle Museum in Kassel. The exhibition will address one of the most notable aspects of European painting: the translation of light in painting. Attempts on the part of painters to render the myriad effects of light with paint were paralleled by intense scientific research on light.

In cooperation with the Berlin research group  Historical light structure   the exhibition examines the different aspects of light painting in the 17th century on the basis of paintings, graphics and optical devices, also in view of the contemporary scientific treatises. The starting point is the art of the 15th and 16 Century and the fundamental innovations of Caravaggio. North of the Alps have been taken including those of Utrecht artists like Gerard van Honthorst and developed.

Different areas of the exhibition are dedicated to the particular diversity and range of Dutch paintings of light, including day light, nocturnal landscapes, interior and portrait paintings. Vermeer’s Girl with a Glass of Wine will be one of the principal works of the exhibition.

museum website (German only):
http://www.museum-kassel.de/index_navi.php?parent=5367

opening times:
Tues - Sun and holidays 10-17 clock, Thu 10-20 clock, closed Mondays

closed sign at Kendoow House, London

Vermeer’s Guitar Player to be exhibited at the London National Gallery in 2012 and 2013

With the closure of the Kenwood House for urgent restoration in 2012, the museum was posed with the dilemma of what to do with their masterpieces. The Kenwood has just announced that Vermeer’s Guitar Player will be displayed at the National Gallery in London. The exquisite work, never before relined, will also be examined by the National Gallery's conservation department. Keeping it in storage was ruled out because it was the most costly alternative. Dates to be announced.

Vermeer painting on exhibition

Vermeer lecture in London

The "Newest" Vermeer – How Technical Research Convinced the Doubting Scholars
presented by Libby Sheldon
Wednesday 29th February, 2012 at 6.30pm
Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square
London

from the BACPR press release:
The only painting by Vermeer in private ownership, the tiny Young Woman Seated at the Virginal has been on display in the UK for the first time since it was sold in 2004, first at the Fitzwilliam and now at the Ashmolean, Oxford until September. Ten years previously it was believed by many to be a nineteenth-century pastiche or a twentieth-century fake. It proved relatively uproblematic to show it was earlier, but even if it was of a contemporary date, why should it be by Vermeer?

The talk will explain the research trail followed by Libby Sheldon, Catherine Hassall and Nicola Costaras, (and help from many other colleagues in the UK and abroad) to find the author of the painting, and presents the compelling technical evidence unearthed that led to its final attribution. It came to them in a Jiffy bag and left for the final time in a specially-made box and two bodyguards. What had made the difference?

Libby Sheldon is a paint analyst/historian and a lecturer at UCL. She has made in-depth studies of the techniques of Vermeer and the Pre-Raphaelites, has been closely involved in the Making Art in Tudor Britain project and is starting a research project on Aelbert Cuyp. Her main research interest is the historic employment of pigments.

rspv:
Sam Robinson by email <secretary@bapcr.org.uk> or by phone 01372 468 143

cost:
Free To BAPCR Members, £10 to Non Members

location:
Art Workers Guild Tel 0207 728 3009 Nearest underground Holborn or Russell Square

Vermeer's Women exhbition catalogue

Vermeer exhibition catalogue

Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence
by Marjorie E. Wieseman, Mr. Wayne Franits & H. Perry Chapman
2011
224 pages, Yale University Press

product description:

Focusing on the extraordinary Lacemaker from the Musée du Louvre, this beautiful book investigates the subtle and enigmatic paintings by Johannes Vermeer that celebrate the intimacy of the Dutch household. Moments frozen in paint that reveal young women sewing, reading or playing musical instruments, captured in Vermeer’s uniquely luminous style, recreate a silent and often mysterious domestic realm, closed to the outside world, and inhabited almost exclusively by women and children.

Three internationally recognized experts in the field explain why women engaged in mundane domestic tasks, or in pleasurable pastimes such as music making, writing letters, or adjusting their toilette, comprise some of the most popular Dutch paintings of the 17th century. Among the most intriguing of these compositions are those that consciously avoid any engagement with the viewer. Rather than acknowledging our presence, figures avert their gazes or turn their backs upon us; they stare moodily into space or focus intently on the activities at hand. In viewing these paintings, we have the impression that we have stumbled upon a private world kept hidden from casual regard.

purchase exhibition catalogue from Fitzwilliam Museum online shop

The Girl with a Glass of Wine

Vermeer's Girl with a Glass of Wine on exhibition in Kassel

Light Structure - The Light in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer
18 November 2011 - 26 February 2012
Museum Hessen Kassel

Seventy superb works from the Baroque age of painting will be displayed in the upcoming exhibition Light structure: The Light in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, in William Castle Museum in Kassel. The exhibition will address one of the most notable aspects of European painting: the translation of light in painting. Attempts on the part of painters to render the myriad effects of light with paint were paralleled by intense scientific research on light.

In cooperation with the Berlin research group  Historical Light Structure (http://www.lichtgefuege.de/index.html)   the exhibition examines the different aspects of light painting in the 17th century on the basis of paintings, graphics and optical devices, also in view of the contemporary scientific treatises. The starting point is the art of the 15th and 16 Century and the fundamental innovations of Caravaggio. North of the Alps have been taken including those of Utrecht artists like Gerard van Honthorst and developed.

Different areas of the exhibition are dedicated to the particular diversity and range of Dutch paintings of light, including day light, nocturnal landscapes, interior and portrait paintings. Vermeer’s Girl with a Glass of Wine will be one of the principal works of the exhibition.

museum website (German only):
http://www.museum-kassel.de/index_navi.php?parent=5367

The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Love Letter travels to the Hermitage

Love Letter by Vermeer. From the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In the Masterpieces from the World`s Museums
12 October, 2011 - 6 November, 2011
Italian Cabinet (233), New Hermitage
Saint Petersburg, Russia

further information forthcoming:
http://hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/04/hm4_4.html

Vermeer in Japan

Vermeers in Japan

Communication: Visualizing Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer

Other than the previously announced (see entry below for details) world premiere of Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter after its restoration, Lady Writing and the Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid will be a part of the exhibition Communication: Visualizing Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer in Japan.

World premiere of Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter after its restoration.

exhibition website:
http://vermeer-message.com/

  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto:   25 June – 16 Oct 2011
  • Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai:     27 Oct-2011 – 12 Dec 2011
  • The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo:    23 Dec – 14 March 2012

curator:
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

Vermeer exhibition catalogue

Vermeer exhibition catalogue

Human Connections in the Age of Vermeer
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Danielle H.A.C. Lokin
Scala Publishers Ltd
2011

This book focuses on the many forms of communication that existed in 17th-century Dutch society between family members, lovers, and professional acquaintances, both present and absent. The forty-four carefully selected Dutch genre paintings include major works by many of the finest masters of the period, including Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Gabriel Metsu. Vermeer's three masterpieces about love letters form the core of the exhibition as they are profound examples of the power of communication. Dutch artists of the 17th century portrayed the wide range of emotions elicited by the various forms of communication, not only in the manner in which they render gestures and facial expressions of personal interactions, but also in the ways in which they show men and women responding to the written word. The painters often introduced objects from daily life that had symbolic implications, among them musical instruments, to enrich the pictorial narratives of their scenes. Published in conjunction with the exhibition Communication: Visualizing the Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer (2011-2012), which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the diplomatic exchanges between Japan and the Netherlands, this book connects the pictorial and the literary aspects of Dutch cultural traditions during the Golden Age.

Woman with a Lutel, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer travels to California

Vermeer's Woman with a Lute of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art will be on temporary loan to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena from July 8 through Sept. 26, 2011.

http://www.nortonsimon.org/vermeer-s-woman-with-a-lute-on-loan-from-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

press release

Walter Liedtke

Vermeer lecture

Vermeer’s Women: Discreet Objects of Desire
Walter Liedtke, (curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan in New York City)
Norton SImon Museum of Art, Pasadena, California
Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

drawn from the Norton Simon website:

In this lecture, held in conjunction with the loan of Vermeer’s Woman with a Lute from the Metropolitan Museum, Walter Liedtke, will focus on the diverse women in Vermeer’s paintings and considers what they meant to the artist, as subjects in Dutch art and society, and as reflections of his distinctive approach to visual experience. It could be said that Vermeer engaged in an intellectual (although strongly felt) voyeurism, since many of his women are idealized objects of male desire, enthralling but beyond reach. The theme was well suited to Vermeer’s style, which defined intimate spaces in mostly optical terms. The viewer is unable to enter the space or touch the objects, but he—and a man is surely assumed—can also not escape the hypnotic vision. Held in the Theater.

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_18437798

Gangsters and Vermeer: Will we ever see Vermeer's stolen Concert again? Perhaps yes.

drawn from the THE SACRAMENTO BEE.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/24/3725190/can-whitey-bulger-help-solve-biggest.html

With the arrest Wednesday of notorious Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, many in the art world are now asking: Could it provide a break in the greatest art heist in American history which included Vermeer's Concert? Rumors have long swirled that Bulger, the head of the city's powerful Irish-American mob at the time, may have played a role - or must have known who did. Some have speculated that he stashed the stolen masterpieces away to use as a "get-out-of-jail-free card" if he was ever caught. Others think he sent the paintings to allies in the Irish Republican Army to use as a bargaining chip. The Gardner Museum had no comment Thursday on the arrest other than a Tweet saying, "Until a recovery is made, our work continues." Many who have studied the case are similarly skeptical about Bulger's direct involvement. Last year, investigators in the Gardner case said there was no evidence in the mountains of wiretaps and other records to link Bulger to the crime.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/06/what-does-whitey-bulger-know-about-the-1990-gardner-museum-art-heist.html

Bunkamura, Geographer

Vermeer's Geographer continues exodus

The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Paintings
Toyota Municipal Museum of Aichi
June 11 - August 28
Aichi, Japan

After the exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Vermeer’s Geographer continues its exodus to Tokyo and Aichi, then further overseas to Wellington, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. The Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which is currently closed for full renovation, assures it that all its paintings in the exhibition will be back home for reopening in late 2011 or 2012, in total to seven museums.

http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/museum/event/index.html

Ownership of Vermeer's Art of Painting questioned

Heirs’ Claim for Hitler’s Vermeer Painting Is Rejected by Austrian Panel

An Austrian panel has rejected a claim for a Vermeer painting by the heirs of a man who sold it to Adolf Hitler, saying there was no evidence the sale was forced or that the seller was persecuted. Austria’s art restitution panel threw out the argument by the heirs of Jaromir Czernin that Hitler’s acquisition amounted to a "sale under duress" and should be nullified. The panel instead recommended that Austria keeps the painting. "There is no reason to assume that the sale of ‘The Art of Painting’ by Jaromir Czernin to Adolf Hitler was an invalid transaction," the panel said in a statement on its website.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-18/heirs-claim-for-hitler-s-vermeer-painting-is-rejected-by-austrian-panel.html

Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance travels to Munich

Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance travels to Munich

Vermeer in Munich: King Max I Joseph of Bavaria as a Collector of Old Masters
Alte Pinakothek
Barer Strasse 27
D-80799 Munich
17 March–19 June 2011

curator: Dr. Marcus Dekiert

from the museum website:

At the beginning of the 19th century, the first king of Bavaria, Max I Joseph (1756–1825), amassed a private art collection of the highest quality. He focused almost exclusively on 17th-century Dutch masters, mostly landscapes and genre paintings. To these he added the works of contemporary painters in Munich who were inspired by such Old Masters. In December 1826, the private royal collection was sold at auction. Some exceptional works were acquired for the state collections; others found their way to the Alte Pinakothek via roundabout routes – as part of Ludwig I’s collection, for example; many are now scattered far afield. From today’s point of view, the greatest loss is a masterpiece by Johannes Vermeer: Woman Holding a Balance of 1664. This exquisite work is returning to Munich from the National Gallery of Art in Washington for a threemonth period. Surrounded by other exceptional paintings from the "Golden Age" – including works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Willem van de Velde the Younger and Philips Wouwerman – it gives visitors the opportunity to discover Max I Joseph of Bavaria as a collector of Old Masters.

http://www.pinakothek.de/alte-pinakothek/kalender/kalender_index_en.php?haupt=ausstellu
ngen&inc=ausstellung&action=&which=3684

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum exhibition in Qatar

Vermeer travels to Qatar

The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
11 March – 6 June, 2011

Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, presents The Golden Age of Dutch Painting, Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the first major exhibition of Dutch art in the Gulf region. It will take place in the temporary exhibition hall at the Museum of Islamic Art from 11 March – 6 June, 2011.

Forty-four paintings, among the best in the Rijksmuseum’s collection are being loaned to QMA. These paintings give a wide-ranging view of the artists, lifestyle and topography of Holland in the 17th century. Included are works of Rembrandt and Vermeer.

http://www.qma.com.qa/eng/index.php/qma/news_item/169

Vermeers travels to Cambridge

Masterpiece a Month: Presiding Genius
Johannes Vermeer - A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson)
March, 2011
The Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vermeer's Music Lesson, too infrequently on public display, will be shown for the month of March at the Dulwich Picture Gallery as a part of the yearly celebration of the Gallery’s bicentenary.

Vermeer lecture in Edinburg

Vermeer: Being the Viewer
Friday, 18th February 2011, 12.45-1.30pm
National Gallery Complex, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburg (free, unticketed)

from the gallery website:
Vermeer’s painting is famously hushed. He tried to paint dramatic events, but moved off to conjure real events.

Dr James Lawson, Lecturer in Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh, explores how the observer occupies an increasingly odd position in relation to what is to be seen in Vermeer's paintings.

<http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/calendar/5:367/date/2011-01-24/36/event/20098>

The Young Vermeer in Context logo

Vermeer conference

The Young Vermeer in Context
5 March 2011, 2pm – 6:30pm
National Gallery of Scotland
The Mound
Edinburgh EH2 2EL
United Kingdom

information form the museum:

The young Vermeer presents a unique opportunity to compare directly the three earliest paintings by Johannes Vermeer. On occasion of this exhibition the National Gallery of Scotland is staging a study afternoon, bringing together a distinguished group of international experts. Focussing on Vermeer’s early career the talks will revisit his start as a history painter and shift to genre painting, his artistic and social environment, and the rediscovery of "Young Vermeer" in the 19th century. The podium will offer the opportunity to get involved and discuss these important paintings with the experts and to discover more about the development of one of the world’s most celebrated artists.

speakers:
- Dr. Albert Blankert, Independent Scholar, The Hague
- Edwin Buijsen, Head of Collections, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague
- Dr. Adriaan E. Waiboer, Curator of Northern European Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

podium:
- Professor Christopher Brown, Director, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
- Professor Gregor J. M. Weber, Head of the Department of Fine Arts, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

moderation:
- Dr Tico Seifert Senior Curator of Northern
European Art, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

1.30 – 2pm, registration (HLT)
2 – 5pm, study afternoon (HLT)
5 – 6.30pm, Wine reception and private view (NG)

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) are available from
the Information Desk at the National Gallery Complex,
or by calling 0131 624 6560, Monday

see museum flyer:
http://www.codart.nl/images/02526_NGS_
TheYoungVermeerInContext%20A5%20Flyer%28Final%29v4.pdf

Vermeer's Music Lesson on public display

Vermeer's Music Lesson on public display

The Music Lesson is frequently inaccessible to the general public.
It will hang in Buckingham Palace, in the State Apartments picture
gallery for the months of August and September, 2011.

2010

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal on display at the Chrystler Museum of Art

Vermeer showing

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal on display at the Chrystler Museum of Art

Vermeer's miniscule Young Woman Seated at a Virginal - the only Vermeer in private hands - will be temporarily exhibited at it Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia from 1 June 2010 - 1 January 2011. News on programming related to the work will be reported here as they become available.

The Young Vermeer exhibition catalogue

Vermeer exhibition catalogue

The Young Vermeer
by Edwin Buijsen
2010

The exhibition catalogue, with informative text and fine reproductions, delves into the three paintings from the beginning of Vermeer’s artistic career: the Mauritshuis’ Diana and her nymphs of c. 1653-1654, the Christ in the house of Martha and Mary (c. 1655) and the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, and The Procuress (1656) from the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden.

available at the Mauritshuis online bookshop:

http://www.mauritshuis.nl/index.aspx?ChapterID=2424&ContentID=

Vermeer: The Art of Painting

Special exhibition in Vienna of the Art of Painting

Vermeer: The Art of Painting
Kunsthistorisches Museum
Maria Theresien-Platz, Vienna
25 January – 25 April 2010

The Art of Painting has a unique place in Vermeer’s oeuvre. Although it was very likely not executed as a commission, it never left the artist’s studio. Even after Vermeer’s death, which left his family with enormous financial problems, his widow Catharina tried to prevent a sale of this precious painting. Most likely, it was made as a showcase piece to be presented to connoisseurs and potential customers. The exhibition investigates a number of facets of this most complex of Vermeer’s compositions.

Besides extensive technological studies regarding the work’s state of conservation, several central subjects are faced including the complex iconography supported by period documentation. Some of the props in the picture will be on display; a period chandelier, tapestry, wallmap as well as a precise reconstruction of a slashed doublet worn by the painter.

Other questions are investigated as well. Does the painting represent Vermeer’s real studio? What does the painting reveal about Vermeer’s working methods? Which pigments did painter utilized? How was the composition developed? Did the painter make use of optical devices?

Numerous loans from European and American museums and private collections and historical documents from Dutch archives provide a springboard for discovering Vermeer’s masterpiece.

In addition the Kunsthistorisches Museum displays paintings, sculptures and details of films by contemporary artists (George Deem, Maria Lassnig, Peter Greenaway etc.) whose creation were inspired by Vermeer’s Art of Painting.

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Essential Vermeer attempts Facebook

Essential Vermer: Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Essential-Vermeer/133691276693957

What does the global social network Facebook have to do with Vermeer? At first glance very little. Take a look at many of the art institutions’ Facebook pages that tend to be one-way monologues with insignificant interaction. People's comments really don't seem to matter.

And yet the chance to bring the Vermeer community a bit closer might be worth a try. I have found Facebook surprisingly efficient for diffusing news rapidly and opening  lines of quick, two-way communication.

So what can you do? Have a look, leave a comment and keep on coming I'll keep on plugging away for a year or so - the time necessary to evaluate any web initiative - and see if a marriage between social networking and art history makes any sense.

Art + Travel Europe: Step into the Lives of Five Famous Painters book cover

Art Travel Guide

Art + Travel Europe: Step into the Lives of Five Famous Painters
Museyon Guides
2010

Van Gogh. Munch. VERMEER. Caravaggio. Goya. Five iconic artists whose inspirational works have been obsessed over by art lovers and travelers for years.

Curated by industry experts, Art + Travel Europe is the first guidebook to feature detailed walking tours of the five cities where these artists lived, loved and labored. Readers will discover the sights and stories behind such iconic works as Starry Night and The Scream, go on the run to retrace the steps of Caravaggio in exile, plus much, much more. You know their art; now step into their lives.

Walking tours of five cities as seen through the eyes of five iconic artists: Van Gogh's Arles, Munch's Oslo, Vermeer's Delft, Caravaggio's Rome, Goya's Madrid

Contributors: Kristin Hohenadel (The Los Angeles Times), Lea Feinstein (SF Weekly), Sandra Smallenburg (Arts Editor NRC Handelsblad), George Stolz (ARTnews), Barbie Latza Nadeau (CNN Traveler)
  • Meticulously researched articles curated by local experts.
  • Chapters loaded with useful sidebars, travel tips, and suggested itineraries with easy-to-read maps.
  • Comprehensive index of artworks and museum locations around the globe.
  • Listings of books, films and music inspired by or about each artis.
  • Over 100 color photographs.
  • Appeal for both the armchair traveler as well as the get-up-and-go traveler.
  • Original cover illustrations by Tiny Inventions.

Click here to purchase at Amazon.com

Vermeer, Nils von Büttner

Vermeer book

Vermeer (German only)
by Nils von Büttner
2010

Jan Vermeer van Delft had a formative influence over our ideas of the Dutch Golden Age. Yet during his lifetime there were few indications of his later fame. His incomparable genre scenes came to typify his work. Nils Büttner's concise and lively introduction traces the painter's life, presents his work in its historical and social context and explains the pictures' symbolism, still often regarded as mysterious.

on sale at Amazon.de

Vermeer lecture

VERMEER, LAIRESSE AND COMPOSITION
lecture by Paul Taylor
4:00 pm - Friday, 5 March 2010
Auditorium of the National Library complex
5 Prins Willem Alexanderhof
The Hague

The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) aims to spotlight art historians who have conducted pioneering research on Dutch art. The first lecture, entitled Vermeer, Lairesse and Composition, will be given by Dr Paul Taylor, deputy curator of the Photographic Collection at the Warburg Institute in London and a specialist in Dutch seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and art theory. The text of the Hofstede de Groot Lecture will be published as the first volume in a new series of publications (Waanders Publishers).

Paul Taylor has distinguished himself with his investigation of several key Dutch painting concepts, such as houding, gloe and ‘lakheid, on which he has published various scholarly articles: "The Concept of 'Houding’ in Dutch Art Theory" (1992); "The Glow in Late Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings" (1998); "Flatness in Dutch Art: Theory and Practice"(2008). By thoroughly analysing these terms, searching for comparable terms in Italian and French writings, and linking them with pictorial aspects of Dutch seventeenth-century painting and drawing, he has singled out in a remarkably original fashion several pictorial qualities that are characteristic of Dutch visual art in the Golden Age.

The Hofstede de Groot Lecture is named after the art historian Cornelis Hofstede de Groot (1863-1930), whose extensive art-historical documentation forms the basis of the RKD collection.

The Hofstede de Groot Lecture will be followed by a reception.

date: Friday, 5 March 2010

time: 4:00 pm (you are welcome as of 3:30pm: tea and coffee will be served)

admission: Free of charge

location: Auditorium of the National Library complex, 5 Prins Willem Alexanderhof, The Hague

official language: English

registration (mandatory): activiteiten@rkd.nl

Art of Painting exhibition catalogue

Art of Painting catalogue on sale

The sumptuous Kunsthistorisches Museum catalogue of the Art of Painting exhibition is currently on sale at the Kunsthistorisches online shop. Other than the extraordinarily fine illustrations this 259- page volume presents excellent essays.

Vermeer: Die Malkunst
exhibition catalog 2010
paperback in German
with English Translations of all essays
price: EUR 29,90

click here for bookshop link

The museum also proposes a number of Vermeer Art of Painting spinoffs like scarfs, shoulder bags, coffee cups, jigsaw puzzles and magnets as well as the more conventional postcards and reproductions.

Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter to be restored

Vermeer painting restored

Vermeer's Woman in Blue Reading a Letter to be restored

The Rijksmuseum has just announced that as a part of an ambitious conservation program Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter will be thoroughly restored.

Other than Vermeer’s masterwork, other pieces will restored and ready for the 2013 reopening of the Rijksmuseum. They include Six burial figures from the T’ang Dynasty, a mahogany period room from 1748 called The Beuning room, and the Silver table ornament by Jamnitzer which is one of the absolute highlights of the museum’s collection of European silversmither.

from the Rijksmuseum website:

As it is flanked in the exhibition room by Vermeer’s two other masterpieces, The Milkmaid and The Little Street, it is even more noticeable that Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is in distinct need of restoration. The coat of varnish has turned yellow, the blue is worn, the uneven layer of paint is peppered with minor irregularities, the retouches have faded, etc. Precisely that which is so appealing in Vermeer’s paintings – i.e. the bright colours and the incidence of light – is now hidden behind an irregular yellowed layer of varnish.

2009

Love Letter exhiobition in Paris

Vermeer's Love Letter travels to Paris

The Dutch Golden Age: From Rembrandt to Vermeer
October 7, 2009 – February 7, 2010
Pinacothèque de Paris

The Pinacothèque de Paris will host an exhibition will put on an outstanding Dutch works of art, an ensemble of over one hundred and thirty pieces, including about sixty paintings, thirty graphic works, ten etchings as well as ten objects to give an ample representation of carved ivories, tapestries, china, wooden miniatures, silverware, glassworks and furnishings.

Vermeer’s late little Love Letter, will be on display.

The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Milkmaid exhibited in New York

Vermeer’s Masterpiece,"The Milkmaid"
Sept. 10 - Nov. 29, 2009
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Organized to honor the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s historic voyage to New York from Amsterdam, the show, Sept. 10 through Nov. 29, 2009 will focus on old masters who, like Vermeer, were active in the period of exploration, trade and artistic flowering that occurred during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.

Views on Vermeer: 12 Short Stories

Documentary on Vermeer

Views on Vermeer: 12 Short Stories
color, HD, 52 min
2009

  • director - Hans Pool
  • photography - Hans Pool
  • screenplay - Koos de Wilt

Youtube.com trailer:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTGXd-wT8_A>

<http://www.koosdewiltconcept.nl/index.php/vermeer-vervolg/>

onsale at: ICARUS FILMS.com

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) left us a small oeuvre of only 36 paintings. Internationally, the power of his work is now more profound than ever. Blockbuster exhibitions, the novel and movie Girl with a pearl earring caught a broad audience. Millions are touched by his work. What do we see in Vermeer that makes him so contemporary? The dignity of his painted ladies, the cinematic and photographic character of his images, the psychological impact, the serenity or apparent glimpse in our own everyday life? Influential contemporary artists, photographers and opinion leadersunravel the extraordinary and mysterious impact of this 17th-century master in our day and age. A Film by Hans Pool and Koos de Wilt.

interviews with:

Tom Hunter, Alain de Botton, Walter Liedtke, Otto Naumann, Thomas Kaplan, Chuck Close, Philip Steadman, Peter Webber, Erwin Olaf, Joel Meyerowitz, Lawrence Weschler, Tracy Chevalier, Steve McCurry, Arthur K. Wheelock, Jonathan Janson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Geoffrey Batchen

Preserving our Heritage: Conservation, Restoration and Technical Research in the Mauritshuis

Vermeer-related publication

Preserving our Heritage: Conservation, Restoration and Technical Research in the Mauritshuis

by Petria Noble, Sabrina Meloni, Carol Pottasch, Peter van der Ploeg. Epco Runia

The Mauritshuis in The Hague is one of the few Dutch museums to have its own restoration workshop. Here in recent years a team of experts have restored top works by Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Carel Fabritius, Frans Hals, Hans Holbein, Jan Brueghel de Oude, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonie van Dyck and others.

This book, with an introductory chapter, describes how a painting is made and the types of technical research that can be used. The concise texts and abundant visual material make the book accessible for a wide public.

208 pages
133 colour photographs
30 b&w photographs

http://www.kunstboeken.nl/books.asp?boek=1784&rubriek=
&herkomst=zoekterm%3Dj

Frick Collection Dutch art database

Dutch Art Database

The Montias Database of 17th-Century Dutch Art Inventories
http://research.frick.org/montias/home.php

The Frick Library has provided an invaluable internet interface with the database compiled Montias during his studies. from the Frick website:

The Montias database, compiled by late Yale University Professor John Michael Montias, contains information from 1,280 inventories of goods (paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture, etc.) owned by people living in 17th century Amsterdam. Drawn from the Gemeentearchief (now known as the Stadsarchief), the actual dates of the inventories range from 1597-1681. Nearly half of the inventories were made by the Orphan Chamber for auction purposes, while almost as many were notarial death inventories for estate purposes. The remainder were bankruptcy inventories. The database includes detailed information on the 51,071 individual works of art listed in the inventories. Searches may be performed on specific artists, types of objects (painting, prints, drawings), subject matter etc. There is also extensive information on the owners, as well as on buyers and prices paid when the goods were actually in a sale. While not a complete record of all inventories in Amsterdam during this time period, the database contains a wealth of information that can elucidate patterns of buying, selling, inventorying and collecting art in Holland during the Dutch Golden Age.

Flying Fox, Vermeer Blog

Vermeer blog

The Flying Fox

Jonathan Janson, author of the Essential Vermeer, launches a blog which investigates Vermeer, current events in art history, painting technique and contemporary art.

Click here to access.

The Astronomer, Johannes Vermeer

The Musée du Louvre Astronomer travels to Minneapolis

The Louvre and the Masterpiece
Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 18, 2009 - January 19, 2010

The Louvre and the Masterpiece will explore how the definition of a "masterpiece," as well as taste and connoisseurship, have changed over time. The exhibition will feature ninety-one works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre's collection areas, spanning 4,000 years. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and drawings will reflect three major themes: the changing historical and cultural definitions of a masterpiece; authenticity and connoisseurship; and the evolution of taste and scholarship. The exhibition is divided into three sections which together explore a range of thematic questions about the concept of a masterpiece. The exhibition includes Vermeer's "Astronomer."

internet:
http://www.artsmia.org/louvre/about.html

Young Woman Seated at the Virginal, Jonathan Janson

New Vermeer Painting exhibited in New York

Young Woman Seated at a Virginal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 9 - December, 2009
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

After its zigzag performance, the Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, reattributed in recent times to Vermeer, has bobbed up again in an unexpected place, next to the Woman with a Water Pitcher at the MET.

The Lacemaker, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer Painting exhibited in Canada

The Louvre Museum Exhibition: 17th-Century European Masterpieces.

The Louvre will be sending about 70 artworks to Japan in 2009 for a special exhibition of 17th-century paintings, The Louvre Museum Exhibition: 17th-century European Masterpieces. The exhibition will be held at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and will include Vermeer’s dazzling little Lacemaker.

Woman Holding a Balance, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer Ppainting exhibited in Amsterdam

Woman Holding a Balance travels to Amsterdam
11 March - 1 June 2009
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Washington National Gallery of Art will lend its Woman Holding a Balance to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The work will be displayed next to other superb works by Vermeer in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.

The Love letter, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer Painting exhibited in Canada

Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum
May 9 - September 13, 2009
Vancouver Art Gallery

This exhibition will highlight works of art of the 17th-century Dutch painting masters of the Golden Age. It will feature well over 100 works by many of the most celebrated masters of the period such as Aelbert Cuyp, Gerard Dou, Franz Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael, Gerard ter Borch and Johannes Vermeer, as well as an extraordinary selection of decorative arts, including furniture, silver, glassware, porcelain and textiles.

This exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum and will include Vermeer’s late masterpiece, The Love Letter.

PRIDE OF PLACE: DUTCH CITYSCAPES OF THE GOLDEN AGE

Dutch landscape exhibition

PRIDE OF PLACE: DUTCH CITYSCAPES OF THE GOLDEN AGE
National Gallery of Art, Washington D. C.
February 1 – May 3, 2009

from the NGA website:
In the 17th century, a new genre of painting—the cityscape—emerged, fostered by the booming economy of the Dutch Republic and its affluent urbanites. Images of towns and cities became expressions of enormous civic pride. This exhibition of some 48 paintings, as well as 23 maps, atlases, illustrated books, and prints, offers a comprehensive survey of the Dutch cityscape, from wide-angle panoramas depicting the urban skyline with its fortifications, windmills, and church steeples, to renderings of daily life along canals, in city streets, and in town squares. Joining Jacob van Ruisdael's celebrated Haarlem with the Bleaching Fields (c. 1670–1675) are works by some 40 Dutch masters. Primarily active in Amsterdam, Delft, and Haarlem, these artists include Gerrit Berckheyde, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen, Jan van der Heyden, Pieter de Hooch, Hendrick Vroom, Pieter Saenredam, and Jan Steen.

The exhibition coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Dutch exploration and settlement of the Hudson River Valley.

for further information:

A Lady Writing, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer exhibition

West Coast art lovers to see a Vermeer when the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., exhibits "A Lady Writing"

Nov. 7 - Feb. 2, 2009

West Coast art lovers will be offered a rare opportunity to see a Vermeer when the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., exhibits A Lady Writing, above, from Nov. 7 through Feb. 2, 2009. On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the painting, one of about 35 known works by Vermeer, will come to Pasadena as part of a series of exchanges between the Norton Simon foundations and the National Gallery.

visit the museum website for further information:
http://www.nortonsimon.org/news.aspx

The Astronomer, Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer painting exhibited in Atlanta

The Louvre and the Masterpiece
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
October 12, 2008 - September 6, 2009

The Louvre and the Masterpiece will explore how the definition of a "masterpiece," as well as taste and connoisseurship, have changed over time. The exhibition will feature ninety-one works of art drawn from all eight of the Musée du Louvre's collection areas, spanning 4,000 years. Paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and drawings will reflect three major themes: the changing historical and cultural definitions of a masterpiece; authenticity and connoisseurship; and the evolution of taste and scholarship. The exhibition is divided into three sections which together explore a range of thematic questions about the concept of a masterpiece. The exhibition includes Vermeer's "Astronomer." February 17, 2009 "The Card Shark" by Georges de la Tour arrives to replace Vermeer's "Astronomer."


Girl with a Pearl Earring

The Girl with a Pearl Necklace travels to Rome

Rembrandt to Vermeer. Civil Values in 17th Century Flemish and Dutch Painting
Fondazione Roma, Museo del Corso
November 11, 2008 to February 15, 2009

Representing the "Golden Century" of Flemish and Dutch art, the exhibition focuses on the development of the genre of the domestic interior, which was dedicated to family life and reflected the innovative social context and civil values of Holland in the 17th century. The 55 masterpieces on display will enable visitors to learn about the art and culture of Flanders and Holland during their "Golden Century".

For the first time in Italy, it will finally be possible to admire a large selection of works belonging the world’s most important collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings: that of Berlin’ s Gemäldegalerie, which includes masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s The Money Changer and Vermeer’s Woman with a Pearl Necklace.

for more information click here


Vermeer-related conference at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

VERMEER: TRUE AND FALSE
Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 14, 2008
Lecture, 6:00 pm

from the Metropolitan Museum of Art website:

Between 1887 and 1917, thirteen paintings by Johannes Vermeer and several works wrongly attributed to him entered American collections. Continuing demand for Vermeer's rare pictures (36 are known today) created a niche market for forgers during the 1920s and 1930s, of whom the most gifted and notorious was the Dutch artist Han van Meegeren, who was active as a forger throughout most of the inter-war period. Metropolitan Museum curator Walter Liedtke (author of a new monograph on Vermeer) and independent scholar Jonathan Lopez (author of a new biography of Van Meegeren) consider the difference between a Vermeer of about 1660 and one of about 1925.

Tickets go on sale on or about September 1 Order online (after Sept. 1) at the Met's website, by phone at (212) 570-3949 by phone at (212) 570-3949, or in person at the Concerts & Lectures box office, located in the Museum's Great Hall, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street).

online tickets:
http://www.metmuseum.org/tickets/calendar/view.asp?id=2532

Vermeer: The Complete Paintings

by Walter Liedtke
2008


Vermeer catalogue, Walter Liedtke

Vermeer catalogue

Since his rediscovery in the later half of the 19th century, Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) has been one of the most admired and influential European painters. His extremely private life, his supposed use of a camera obscura, and the fact that his teacher remains unidentified have, until recently, encouraged a view of the "Sphinx of Delft" as an isolated genius shrouded in an air of mystery. Walter Liedtke’s new monograph reveals Vermeer’s life to be well-documented and places his work in the context of the Delft school and of Delft society as a whole. Vermeer’s many admirers will relish Liedtke’s exploration of subtleties of meaning and refinements of technique and style. Alongside the most historical approach to Vermeer to date, the annotated color catalogue of Vermeer’s complete paintings reveals a master whose rare sensibility may be described but not explained.

Walter Liedtke is Curator of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has written widely on Dutch painting and the Delft school and is the author of fundamental texts including Vermeer and the Delft School (2001).

Book on Van Meegeren

Best remembered for selling a fake Vermeer to Hermann Goering during the Second World War, Han van Meegeren never admitted to creating any fakes dating from before 1937--but there have always been rumors suggesting that his career actually began much earlier than that. Drawing upon three years of archival research conducted in five nations and interviews with the descendants of Van Meegeren’s partners in crime, Jonathan Lopez reveals that Van Meegeren worked virtually his entire adult life turning out bogus old masters for a ring of art-world intriguers operating out of London and Berlin. Major dealers like Sir Joseph Duveen were stung by these forgeries, as was the great Pittsburgh banker Andrew Mellon, who bought two of Van Meegeren's fake Vermeers during the 1920s. As Koen Kleijn of De Groene Amsterdammer has remarked, "The Man Who Made Vermeers shatters the popular image of Han van Meegeren as a lone gunman or picaresque rogue. Jonathan Lopez reveals the master forger as an arch-opportunist, a cunning liar, and a fervent sympathizer of the fascist cause from as early as 1928. Deftly reconstructing an insidious network of illicit trade in the art market's underworld, Lopez allows few reputations to emerge unscathed in this gripping and delicious book."

about the author:

JONATHAN LOPEZ's writings on art and history appear frequently in Apollo: The International Magazine of Art and Antiques, published in London. The Man Who Made Vermeers grew out of an article that originally appeared in Dutch in De Groene Amsterdammer. Lopez lives with his wife, an art historian and critic, in Manhattan

Vermeer and the Delft Style  exhibition

6 Vermeers travel to Japan

Vermeer and the Delft Style
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno-koen
August 2 - December 14, 2008

Vermeer and the Delft Style features 6 rare masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer and other paintings by his contemporaries affording viewers a suggestive glance of Golden Age of Dutch Art.  There has been no occasion, where these masterpieces come together in one exhibition ever hosted in Asia and only three of the Vermeer’s have been formally exhibited.The Vermeer paintings included in the exhibition are: The Little Street, Diana and her Companions, The Girl with the Wineglass, Woman with a Lute,  Christ in the House of Martha and Mary and the recently re-attributed A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals which is rarely on public view. The exhibition also features the miniscule masterpiece View of Delft by Carel Fabritius, a splendid view of Delft by Van der Heyden and two fine De Hooch’s.

further details:
http://www.tbs.co.jp/vermeer/pr080408-en.pdf

Vermeer Lecture at the Vermeer Centrum, Delft

Thursday, 21 February, 2008, 8 p.m

In a lecture at the Vermeer Center in Delft, Ms Karin H. Jense will explore the musical culture of the 1650s basing her observations of the paintings of Vermeer with musical themes. Period music will also performed allowing the audience to experience the atmosphere of the times and specifically of the compositions of Vermeer.

Ms Jense has studied musical education, harpsichord and choir conducting at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag (Royal Conservatory The Hague) and has been actively engaged as a music lecturer and advisor for thirty years and currently gives regular audio lectures.

further information:

e-mail:
vriendenvermeer@hetnet.nl

tel.
015 – 256 53 06 (D. Mostert-Bok)
or 06-33704508 (C. J. Oerlemans).

Vermeer's Family Secrets

by Benjam Binstock
2008


Vermeer's Family Secrets, Benjamin Binstock

New book on Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, one of the greatest Dutch painters and for some the single greatest painter of all, produced a remarkably small corpus of work. In Vermeer's Family Secrets, Benjamin Binstock revolutionizes how we think about Vermeer's work and life. Vermeer, "the Sphinx of Delft," is famously a mystery in art: despite the common claim that little is known of his biography, there is in fact an abundance of fascinating information about Vermeer’s life that Binstock brings to bear on Vermeer’s art for the first time; he also offers new interpretations of several key documents pertaining to Vermeer that have been misunderstood. Lavishly illustrated with more than 180 black and white images and more than sixty color plates, the book also includes a remarkable color gatefold spread that presents the entirety of Vermeer's oeuvre arranged in chronological order in 1/20 scale, demonstrating his gradual formal and conceptual development. No book on Vermeer has ever done this kind of visual comparison of his complete output. Like Poe's purloined letter, Vermeer's secrets are sometimes out in the open where everyone can see them. Benjamin Binstock shows us where to look. Piecing together evidence, the tools of art history, and his own intuitive skills, he gives us for the first time a history of Vermeer's work in light of Vermeer's life.

On almost every page of Vermeer's Family Secrets, there is a perception or an adjustment that rethinks what we know about Vermeer, his oeuvre, Dutch painting, and Western Art. Perhaps the most arresting revelation of Vermeer's Family Secrets is the final one: In response to inconsistencies in technique, materials, and artistic level, Binstock posits that several of the paintings accepted as canonical works by Vermeer, are in fact not by Vermeer at all but by his eldest daughter, Maria. How he argues this is one of the book's many pleasures.

Lady Standing at the Virginal,  Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer's Lady Standing at the Virginal part of a special exhibition

Love is in the air at the Laing Art Gallery
Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
19 April – 13 July 2008

Love is in the air at the Laing Art Gallery, as flirtation, disappointment and intimacy are among the themes explored in a new exhibition. Love is a new National Gallery touring exhibition, which looks at the ways artists have responded to the pains and pleasures of love over the centuries. It features work by artists including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Johannes Vermeer (Lady Standing at the Virginal) and Marc Chagall. The Laing’s Marble Hall will also be home to Marc Quinn’s spectacular sculpture, Kiss.

venue:
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AG
U.K.

tel:
(0191) 232 7734

fax:
(0191) 222 0952

open:
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm, Closed: 25 & 26 December & 1 January.

museum website:
http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing

exhibition link:
http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/laing/whatson/details.php?id=E291

Talks programme:
A free programme of talks will take place to accompany the National Gallery touring exhibition, Love. No booking is required.

Wednesday 23 April, 12.30-1pm
Love Relationships, featuring Vermeer, Wright of Derby, Stanley Spencer, and Marc Quinn
With Sarah Richardson, Keeper of Fine Art at the Laing Art Gallery

Wednesday 30 April, 12.30-1pm
Romantic Love, featuring Cranach, Claude, Turner, Chagall, Emin, and Hockney
With Sarah Richardson, Keeper of Fine Art at the Laing Art Gallery

Wednesday 7 May, 12.30-1pm
Pre-Raphaelite Women
With Marie-Therese Mayne, Assistant Keeper of Fine Art at the Laing Art Gallery

Wednesday 14 May, 12.30-1pm
Love: An Artist’s Perspective
With John Dummett, whose installation Full Bloom will be on show at the Laing on the evening of Saturday 17 May.

Wednesday 21 May, 12.30 – 1pm
A Public Display of Affection
With artist Manuel Saiz whose installation Public Display of Affection will be at the Laing from 17-25 May.

Wednesday 28 May, 12.30-1pm
Love Stories
With Chris Bostock, Storyteller.

Wednesday 4 June, 12.30 – 1.15pm
Love is a Mystery
With Serena Cant, Art Historian. Talk in Sign-Supported English.

Wednesday 11 June, 12.30 – 1.15pm
Love in the Giardini: Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin at the Venice Bienalle 2007.
With Peter Quinn, Art Historian.

Wednesday 18 June, 12.30 – 1.15pm
Are These Pictures About Love?
With Paul Usherwood, Art Historian.

Wednesday 25 June, 12.30 – 1.15pm
Happy Ever After
With Serena Cant, Art Historian. Talk in Sign-Supported English.

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Vermeer Center, Delft

Vermeer Center reopens, Delft

Although the newly-built Vermeer Center of Delft was quickly overcome by economic woes, it now seems destined to reopen. On the evening of 11th December, when the citizens of Delft gather in Market Place for the traditional Lichtjesavond ("Lights' evening") the Center will open free of charge to Delft citizens.
From 2nd January 2008 it wi`ll be opened to the public.

The center offers a valid educational starting point for the thousands visitors who flock to Vermeer's native city which, in fact, has not a single original painting by the native artist. Keep in touch with the Center's future by signing up free of the Essential Vermeer Newsletter or by clicking on the Center's website listed below.

Vermeercentrum
Voldersgracht 21
NL 2611 Delft
tel. 015 213 8588

email: info@vermeerdelft.nl

website: http://www.vermeerdelft.nl

2007

New Vermeer-related book

In this impressive and informative work, the artist's origins and home environment are revealed and his paintings are displayed and discussed within the context of time alongside a history of the influences and repercussions of this master's art.

This lavishly illustrated and beautifully bound edition includes reproductions of all of Vermeer's paintings, many of the works of his contemporaries, and documents relating to his life and city, Delft.

In the hands of an award-winning historian, Vermeer’s dazzling paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought—from Delft to Beijing—were transformed in the seventeenth century, when the world first became global.

"Vermeer's Hat is a deftly eclectic book, in which Timothy Brook uses details drawn from the great painter's work as a series of entry points to the widest circles of world trade and cultural exchange in the seventeenth century. From the epicenter of Delft, Brook takes his readers on a journey that encompasses Chinese porcelain and beaver pelts, global temperatures and firearms, shipwrecked sailors and their companions, silver mines and Manila galleons. It is a book full of surprising pleasures."- Jonathan Spence, author of The Death of Woman Wang, In Search of Modern China and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Vermeer's Light: Poems 1996-2006

by George Bowering
2007

Vermeer's Light: Poems 1996-2006, George Bowering

Poems on Vermeer

Canada's first poet laureate, Bowering is both highly skilled in the formal aspects of poetry and perfectly accessible to the average reader. He is one of those old-school poets whose command of meter makes its employment seem effortless. Although some of his poems are in familiar forms and such self-invented nonce forms as those of the alphabet poems that make up part of this collection, his strong formal sense shines through even in free-verse poems, which never drag or digress but move with unrelenting, though not relentless, certainty. As for the accessibility, he doesn't bow to the fashion of substituting self-disclosure for self-awareness, and his poems are not so private as to be hermetic. In them we follow the recent life events of a man widowed after decades of marriage who finds new love and companionship, who mourns the deaths of friends and colleagues, and who finds life still rich and rewarding in its winter season. A delightful collection that may inspire readers to seek out Bowering's earlier work.

In His Milieu: Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias

edited by Amy Golahny, Mia Mochizuki and Lisa
Vergara

2007

In His Milieu: Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias

New Vermeer-related book

Collected in memory of the Vermeer scholar and Yale economist J. Michael Montias, these essays take into account the latest trends in the field and provide new data on a wide range of topics in Netherlandish art. Themes include the reception of paintings and architecture; art collecting as interpreted through inventories and other documents that reveal modes of display; relationships between patrons and painters; recently found or attributed works of art; artists as teachers; and the art market. Taken together, these focused studies offer fresh perspectives on the historical appreciation and evaluation of art. Drawing upon J.M. Montias’ contribution to art history, these 32 essays present new analyses, attributions, and documents on Netherlandish art and material culture – including the work of Vermeer, Rubens, Rembrandt, van Eyck and others – by internationally known scholars of art history and the economics of art.

Of particular interest are those essays directly related to Vermeer:

  1. Albert Blankert, "The Case of Han van Meegeren's Fake Vermeer 'Supper at Erasmus' Reconsidered"
  2. Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato, "Vermeer and the Use of Perspective"
  3. Herman Roodenburg, "Visiting Vermeer: Performing Civility"

FAITH

by Donald, P.H. Eaton
2007

Faith, Donald Eaton

New Vermeer-related novel

In April of 1653 Joannis Vermeer married Catharina Bolnes. He was twenty and she, just twenty-one. Their marriage was opposed by her mother and the Catholic church. Vermeer was in the final year of his long apprenticeship and his ideas about art and its meaning were just forming. FAITH is the story of three winter months before that marriage--the most important months of his short life.

author's statement:
The novel, FAITH, started out as a puzzle and grew into something far more comprehensive and profound. My original idea was to write about Vermeer’s wife, Catharina, and her efforts to regain the painting, The Allegory of Art, after his untimely death. To do this, I knew I would have to go back to the beginning and explain how a Protestant innkeeper’s son could meet, love and marry the daughter of a wealthy Catholic woman. Nothing at all is known about these events except that they actually happened. That was the first puzzle. In order to solve it, I would have to connect the young artist to his world: Delft in Holland’s remarkable Golden Age. This led to further puzzles: With whom did he study? Who influenced him? Where did he paint? The list goes on and I was determined to solve these questions in an accurate and probable way. Apart from building a small but comprehensive Vermeer library and spending countless hours on the web, I traveled to Delft (exactly one year ago this month) and walked his streets and ‘felt’ his presence. These impressions, I trust, are captured in the novel.

However, FAITH is not a mere finger exercise in Art History or biography. The people involved in this story were artists, collectors, patrons, agents for powerful corporations, merchants, soldiers and priests, all driven by their personal passions and the heady power of their time. That world and those people form the background for FAITH, but it is a genuine and challenging love story that is at the center of it, as it should be.

In the end, I feel that I succeeded in exploring that world, but at a cost. One novel could not hold it all and do justice to it. FAITH would have to be the first in a series and I knew that I could write them. So, as it turns out, FAITH covers not ‘years’ in Vermeer’s life but only two and a half winter months at the end of 1652. Still, as a single novel, it is complete and all of the elements mentioned above are explored in it. The second novel in the series, FIRE, will cover his marriage, entry into the Guild of Saint Luke, several early paintings including Saint Praxedis and the death of Carel Fabritius. If I live long enough, the other five: LIGHT, IMAGE, DARK, SILENCE and LOSS might also get written. One can only hope.

The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer

Exceptional loan of the Rijksmuseum's Milkmaid to Japan

Milkmaid by Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting - Masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

September 26 - December 17, 2007
The National Art Center, Tokyo

Johannes Vermeer's The Kitchen Maid, also affectionately known as The Milkmaid, is being loaned temporarily to The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, where it will be on display from 26 September until 17 December 2007 as part of the exhibition 'Milkmaid by Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting'. Dutch Genre Painting from the 17-19 century introduced with 116 masterworks from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, featuring Vermeer's Milkmaid as a centerpiece.

check the special exhibition website (Japanese only)

The National Art Center, Tokyo
September 26 - December 17, 2007
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku
Tokyo, Japan

direct inquiries to:
The National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Japan 106-8558
URL http://www.nact.jp

Painted light: the still life paintings of Willem Kalf

Exhibition of a great Dutch still life painter

GEMALTES LICHT: DIE STILLEBEN VON WILLEM KALF (1619-1693) (Painted light: the still life paintings of Willem Kalf (1619-93))
Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum
Wilhelmstraße 18
D-52070 Aachen
Germany
8 March 2007 – 3 June 2007

from the website of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen:
Willem Kalf may be the most important painter of still life pictures of the Golden Age. But, oddly enough, he is not that well-known. Kalf was born in 1619 in Rotterdam, and left for Paris at a young age. There, he painted interiors of barns, a theme typical of Rotterdam, which made him famous in Paris. After his return, in 1651, he married a wealthy and literary gifted lady in Hoorn. After which he lived in Amsterdam until his death in 1693.

Here, he painted still life pictures of very valuable objects, that sparkled against a dark background. It is as if the silver goblets and platters, the flashing Venetian glasses and expensive Chinese plates want to enchant the viewer with their mysterious splendor. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents Willem Kalf for the first time with thirty paintings, mainly from foreign museums.

catalogue:
Gemaltes Licht: die Stilleben von Willem Kalf (1619-1693)
Includes essays by seven authors
c. 160 pp., with ca. 125 color and 50 black-and-white illustrations
24 x 30 cm, paperbound
Deutscher Kunstverlag, Berlin
ISBN 3-422-06673-X

tel. +49 241 479 800

fax: +49 241 37075

email: info@suermondt-ludwig-museum.de

venues:
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (25 November 2006-18 February 2007)
Aachen, Suermondt-Ludwig Museum (8 March-3 June 2007)

Exhibition of a Dutch landscape painter

BRAND! JAN VAN DER HEYDEN, SCHILDER EN UITVINDER (JAN VAN DER HEYDEN- 1637-1712)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
2 February 2007 – 30 April 2007

curator:
Peter C. Sutton, executive director of the Bruce Museum

In 2007 the Rijksmuseum presents the first monographic exhibition on Jan van der Heyden in the Netherlands since 1937. Van der Heyden was one of the leading 17th-century painters of Dutch cityscapes. He was also fascinated by firefighting and is still remembered to this day by many as the inventor of the fire hose. The Rijksmuseum exhibition focuses on the diversity of Van der Heyden, who became known as the Dutch Leonardo da Vinci. The first part features a selection of sixteen of his finest paintings, on loan from various museums and private collections in Europe and the United States. The second part concentrates on his dramatic sketches and prints of fires in the city. In addition, his famous book on firefighting, published in 1690, is displayed, alongside an early example of his fire hose.

Eye for detail
Jan van der Heyden (Gorinchem 1637-1712 Amsterdam) was one of the leading pioneers of Dutch cityscape painting in the 17th century. His depictions of canals, churches, public squares, castles and courtyards reveal a remarkable eye for detail. He used sharp colours, with subtle nuances of tone and atmosphere to portray these scenes, often creating striking perspective constructions.

Idealized cityscapes
Van der Heyden's paintings were already famous in his own day for their wealth of detail. Despite the apparent natural effect of the depiction, for which he developed innovative techniques, topographical accuracy was not Van der Heyden's primary concern. He often took buildings out of their original setting and placed them in an entirely new context. A composition had above all to convey the atmosphere of the location. As the inventor of the architectural capriccio, a depiction of a fictional location, Van der Heyden was a major precursor of 18th-century Italian vedute artists such as the Venetian Canaletto and Bernardo Bellotto.

Besides cityscapes of Amsterdam and the Rhineland, Van der Heyden also painted landscapes and several still lifes, some of which are shown in the exhibition.

catalogue:
Jan van der Heyden (1637 - 1712)
Peter C. Sutton, lead author. Essays: Jonathan Bikker and Arie Wallert. Catalogue entries: Taco Dibbits, Marijn Schapelhouman, and Norbert Middelkoop
250 illustrated pages, including 130 paintings, drawings and figures
New Haven, Yale University Press

venues:
Greenwich, Connecticut, The Bruce Museum (16 September 2006-10 January 2007)
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum (2 February-30 April 2007)

address:
Rijksmuseum
Postbus 74888
1070 DN Amsterdam
Netherlands

tel. +31 20 674 7000
fax: +31 20 674 7001
email: info@rijksmuseum.nl

2006

VERMEER: LA RAGAZZA E I PITORI DI DELFT
(available at
Lulu.com)

Vermeer-related publication

How to Paint Your Own Vermeer: Recapturing Materials and Methods of a Seventeenth-Century Master

by Jonathan Janson
2006 (289 page)

Which materials and techniques did Johannes Vermeer use to create his masterpieces? Is it still possible to emulate those methods today? Contemporary American painter Jonathan Janson offers straightforward, practical advice on how to reproduce Vermeer's day-to-day working procedures as closely as possible in your own studio. Detailed explanations document each and every step, from the stretching of the canvas to the three-step method used by Vermeer and his contemporaries including indispensable historical and theoretical background regarding the art and craft of Northern 17th-century painters.

In the first part, Vermeer's palette, drawing, pigments, brushwork, mediums, glazing, grounds are thoroughly analyzed as they are gradually encountered during the painting process The second part contains insights into crucial stylistic components which, together, make a Vermeer a Vermeer, such as color, composition, camera obscura vision and perspective.

VERMEER: LA RAGAZZA E I PITORI DI DELFT, Modena

Exhibition of Vermeer's Lady Seated at a Virginal in Modena, Italy

VERMEER: LA RAGAZZA E I PITORI DI DELFT
Galleria Estense
Modena, Italy
April 15 - July 15, 2006

curator: Bert Meijer

After the Love Letter in Rome, another Vermeer will be traveling to Italy. The London Lady Seated at a Virginal and other paintings from Delft will be exhibited at the Galleria Estense in Modena. The initiative is promoted by the superintendent of the gallery Maria Grazia Bernardini in collaboration with Bert Meijer, noted specialist active in the Dutch Institute of Florence. The exhibit will feature the works of about 25 other Dutch masters in the collections from The Hague, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Washington, Los Angeles, Boston and Florence. The exhibit will be organized in three sections. The first is dedicated to Delft and its immediate environs. The second presents various facets of daily life of the second half of the 17th century focused around works of Pieter de Hooch. The third section features Vermeer's late Lady Seated at the Virginals with other pictures of analogous theme.

Click here for a special exhibit report.

see exhibit website: http://www.vermeermodena.it/home.asp

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Vermeer's Love Letter goes to Rome

LA LETTERA D’AMORE di VERMEER A PALAZZO BARBERINI
Galleria de arte antica de Palazzo Barberini, Rome
April 27 to 18 June, 2006

Vermeer's late Love Letter will be exhibited at Galleria di Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini from April 26 to the June 27, 2006. The exhibition will be curated by Angela Negro and Anna lo Bianco.

more information at:
http://www.mondomostre.it/

Exhibition of the greatest 17th-century Dutch landscape painter

JACOB VAN RUISDAEL: MASTER OF LANDSCAPE
Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London
until 4 June 2006

from the museum's website:
Jacob van Ruisdael was one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting. He was born into abject poverty in 1628 or 1629 and much of his life is shrouded in mystery. Raised in Haarlem he moved to Amsterdam and died there in 1682. In the course of his life Ruisdael broke with many of the traditions of Dutch painting and became a figure of great influence. He is celebrated for faithfully recording nature while responding to it imaginatively. His works are also considered to be fine meditations on human experience in a world shaped by constant cycles of growth and decay.

Ruisdael's impact can be seen in the Barbizon School of France, the American Hudson River School, and in the work of John Constable, England's own leading landscape painter. To coincide with this exhibition the John Madejski Fine Rooms have been hung with a selection of landscape paintings from the Royal Academy's Permanent Collection. These works can be seen free of charge during Jacob van Ruisdael: Master of Landscape.

catalogue available at Amazon.com

This exhibition has been jointly organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2005

Exhibition of Dutch painting

THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE AT THE NATIONALMUSEUM
curator: Görel Cavalli-Björkman
Nationalmuseum
Södra Blasieholmshamnen
22 September 2005 to 8 January 2006

The 'realist' paintings of the 17th-c. Netherlands offer a fascinating experience to visitors to this autumn's major exhibition at the Nationalmuseum devoted to The Dutch Golden Age. Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and their contemporaries will be on show from 22 September 2005.The core of the exhibition is provided by the museum's own collections of Dutch paintings and drawings. These have been enriched by loans from other museums, most notably from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The exhibition comprises some 300 works presented thematically in four galleries and six smaller rooms.

location:
Nationalmuseum
Södra Blasieholmshamnen
Phone +46 8 5195 4300, fax +46 8 5195 4436
www.nationalmuseum.se

website exhibiton information:
http://www.nationalmuseum.se/NMTemplates/
NMSingleExhibition____3747.aspx

Vermeer And Plato: Painting The Ideal

by Robert H. Huerta
2005

Enchanting The Eye: Dutch Paintings Of The Golden Age, RObert H. Huerta

New Vermeer-related book

In a study that sweeps from Classical Antiquity to the seventeenth century, Robert D. Huerta explores the common intellectual threads that link the art of Johannes Vermeer to the philosophy of Plato. Examining the work of luminaries such as Plotinus, Nicholas of Cusa, Saint Augustine, Ficino, Raphael, Keller, Galileo, Descartes, and Hoydens, Huerta argues that the concurrence of idealism and naturalism in Vermeer's art reflects the Dutch master's assimilation of Platonic and classical ideals, concepts that were part of the Renaissance revival of classical thought. Pursuing a Platonic path, Vermeer used his paintings as a visual dialectic, as part of his program to create a physical instantiation of the Ideal. Illustrated. Robert D. Huerta is an independent historian, focusing on the intersection between art and science during the early modern period.

from Bucknell University website

Exhibiton of Vermeer's contemporary Frans van Mieris

FRANS VAN MIERIS (1635-1681)
Mauritshuis, The Hague
from 1 October 2005 – 22 January 2006

With utmost diligence and patience Van Mieris painted interiors, scenes from daily life and portraits, primarily in a small format. He made likenesses of well-to-do burghers, famous or important residents of Leiden, and self-portraits and portraits of his wife Cunera van der Cock. He also produced a few history pieces and allegorical scenes. The strength of his work lies in his subtle and remarkable painting technique and palette. The way in which he depicted the various fabrics, materials and textures is nothing short of miraculous: an almost perfect miniature rendering of reality.

location:
Mauritshuis
Korte Vijverberg 8
NL-2513 AB The Hague
Netherlands

contact:
T +31 70 302 3456
F +31 70 365 3819

email:
communicatie@mauritshuis.nl

other venue:
National Gallery of Art, Washington (26 February-21 May 2006)

Exhibition with Vermeer's Music Lesson

ENCHANTING THE EYE: DUTCH PAINTERS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
The Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace
11 February - 30 October, 2005

museum info:
The Royal Collection contains one of the world's finest groups of Dutch 17th-c. paintings. Among the most enduringly popular images in Western Art, these pictures have for centuries been admired for their harmonious compositions, close observation of detail, subtle light effects and meticulous finish. The 51 outstanding examples selected for the exhibition embrace genre scenes, portraits, still lifes, history paintings, landscapes and marinescapes. They include works by the great masters of the period, among them Rembrandt's jewel-like Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb and his Self-Portrait of 1642, luminous landscapes by Aelbert Cuyp, and Johannes Vermeer's enigmatic A Lady at the Virginals (The Music Lesson).

book tickets online:
https://www.the-royal-collection.com/royaltickets/default.asp
or telephone (+44) (0) 20 7766 7301
Tickets may also be bought in advance from The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

web information:
http://194.203.40.17/output/Page1215.asp

Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer

Exhibition with Vermeer's Love Letter

DUTCH MASTERS FROM THE RIJKSMUSEUM
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, Australia
24 June to 2 October 20, 2005

museum info:
The most comprehensive display of 17th-c. Dutch masterpieces is on its way to Melbourne for the second exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Following the success of The Impressionists in 2004, Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam will offer audiences the richest survey of 17 th century Dutch art ever staged in Australia. Opening Friday 24 June, the exhibition brings together more than 100 sumptuous works and decorative objects by great artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, and Jan Steen.The exhibition includes Vermeer's late masterpiece, The Love Letter.

Victoria Museum home page:
http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/dutchmasters/index.html

For information and bookings:
tel.: + 61 3 8662 1555
email: enquiries@ngv.vic.gov.au

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase:

check here for further information on opening time etc. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whatson/whatson_
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Art of Painting, Johannes Vermeer

Special exhibition with Vermeer's Art of Painting

VERMEER FROM VIENNA
Mauritshuis, The Hague
25 March - 26 June, 2005

museum info:
Very exceptionally, one of the most celebrated paintings by Vermeer, The Art of Painting, c 1666-8, from the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna will be on loan for three months. Vermeer’s careful rendering of the details and different surface textures as well as the subtle gradations of light are testimonies to Vermeer’s supreme accomplishments as a painter.

In 1996 the Mauritshuis mounted a survey exhibition of Vermeer’s work. Unfortunately, the condition of The Art of Painting was not good enough to travel to the show. In the meantime, the painting has been restored, and nine years later Vermeer's showpiece can be seen to full advantage in The Hague.

email:
communicatie@mauritshuis.nl

web information:
http://www.mauritshuis.nl/english/index_vermeer_explorer.html

Young Woman at the Virginals, attributed to Johannes Vermeer

Will Vermeer's Young Woman at the Virginals feel at home in Las Vegas?

according to Arts.telegraph*
Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn is revealed this week as the mystery buyer of Vermeer's A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals at Sotheby's last July for £16.2 million. On Thursday (Arpil 28), he opens Wynn, Las Vegas, a new $2.7 billion resort complete with golf course, lakes, a fake mountain and an art gallery in which the tiny painting will be exhibited. Sotheby's spent years trying to establish that the painting, previously dismissed as a fake, was an original. Even then, not everyone was convinced. After the sale, Sotheby's described the buyer only as "anonymous," but its re-appearance in Las Vegas confirms that it was Wynn who took the gamble.

more about Vermeer's brand new home**
The strip's newest and most expensive casino resort is just days away from opening its doors. Wynn, Las Vegas is a 2.7 billion dollar resort. It will have more than 27-hundred rooms. The resort features a large, man-made mountain in the front of the hotel, with huge waterfalls facing inwards. That structure alone cost an estimated 130-million dollars to build.

Wynn, Las Vegas (the name of the new casino) will also feature a Ferrari-Maserati dealership inside. As for entertainment, Franco Dragone will put on a multi-million water-themed production called "La Reve." The two-thousand-plus theater-in-the-round includes a one-million gallon performance pool that doubles as a stage. Wynn will include 18 new restaurants and bars overseen by celebrity chefs.

* from:
Market news: Vermeer gamble
Arts.telegraph, 25/04/2005

**from:
Wynn, Las Vegas Only A Few Days Away From Opening
April 27, 2005, 07:46 PM


Gerard Ter Borch
Arthur K. Wheelock
2004

Exhibition of Vermeer's contemporary

GERARD TER BORCH
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Feb. 27– May 22, 2005

(in Detroit this exhibit is organized by George Keyes, DIA chief curator and curator of European paintings)

museum information:
Gerard ter Borch is one of the most celebrated of all seventeenth-century Dutch painters, yet remarkably, no exhibition in the United States has ever focused on his work. To assess his important oeuvre, the American Federation of Arts and the National Gallery of Art are organizing an exhibition of this great master’s paintings. Gerard ter Borch will comprise approximately forty-five paintings, including Ter Borch’s most striking early pictures from the 1630’s, the mid-career genre paintings for which he is most famous, depictions of historical events, and the small and delicate portraits that brought the artist prosperity throughout his professional life.

This exhibition will not only give museum visitors in the United States their first opportunity to see a broad overview of Ter Borch’s work, but will also result in the first major English-language publication on the artist. The exhibition catalogue, to be published by the American Federation of Arts and the National Gallery of Art, will include an essay by Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr, Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, on Ter Borch’s life and work; a study of the modernity of Ter Borch’s paintings by Alison McNeil Kettering, Professor of Art History at Carleton College; and an examination of Ter Borch’s painting technique by Arie Wallert, Conservator of Paintings at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In addition, each painting in the exhibition will be illustrated and discussed in a separate entry.

location:
Washington DC 20565
USA
tel.: +1 202 737 4215
email: der-info@nga.gov

other venues:
National Gallery of Art
Constitution Avenue NW
November 7, 2004 - January 30, 2005

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Carel Fabritius 1622 - 1654
Frederik J. Duparc, et al
2004

Exhibition of Vermeer's contemporary

CAREL FABRITIUS (1622 - 1654): DAS WERK
Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Schwerin
29 January 2005 – 16 May 2005

curators:
Kornelia von Berswordt-Walrabe, Frits Duparc, Peter van der Ploeg, Gero Seelig and Ariane van Suchtelen.

museum press release, January 2005:
In collaboration with the Mauritshuis The Hague, the Staatliches Museum Schwerin for the first time shows the complete known oeuvre of Fabritius, which consists of 14 paintings. His paintings, scattered all over the world, are highlights of the collections of which they are a part. This exhibition affords the singular opportunity of a synopsis of paintings which feature in collections in Boston, Los Angeles, London, Moscow, Warsaw, Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Munich, Hannover, and Schwerin.

Carel Fabritius, a pupil of Rembrandt, was undoubtedly one of the most ingenious and versatile painters of the Dutch 17th century. His work had a decisive influence on Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Emanuel de Witte. The explosion of the municipal arsenal in Delft in 1654 not only took the painter's life but destroyed many of his work as well. Masterpieces such as The Goldfinch, The Sentry and the View in Delft, with a musical instrument seller's stall, rank among the most handsome and famous of Dutch paintings. Fabritius' complete (modest) oeuvre will be brought together in cooperation with the Staatliches Museum in Schwerin.

catalogue:
Almost half of these works have been attributed to Fabritius only after the publication of Christopher Brown’s catalogue raisonée in 1981 and are presented together for the first time in the exhibition catalogue. The catalogue includes a comprehensive essay describing the life and work of the artist, a text on his means of composition as well as entries on every single painting. All paintings are illustrated in full colour. His connection to Rembrandt is assessed and the influence on the Delft School discussed. The book is published in English, German and Dutch.

location:
Staatliches Museum Schwerin
Alter Garten 3
D-19055 Schwerin
Germany

contact:
tel. +49 385 5958 119
fax: +49 385 563 090
email:
info@museum-schwerin.de

Exhibition of Dutch trompe-l'oeil painter at the Mauritshuis

THE EYE DECEIVED: TROMPE-L’OEIL PAINTINGS BY CORNELIUS GIJSBRECHTS
Mauritshuis, The Hague
4 February - 15 May, 2005

museum info:
The originally Flemish painter Gysbrechts entered the service of the Danish court in 1668. In the following four years he produced a unique series of trompe-l'oeil paintings for King Frederik III and his successor Christiaan V. While various seventeenth-century artists attempted to paint the odd trompe l'œil representation, Gysbrechts made it his specialty. His partially open wall cabinets, letter racks, turned-back cloths and hunting still lifes ingeniously deceive the viewer's eye.

catalogue available (Dutch only)

email:
communicatie@mauritshuis.nl

web information:
http://www.mauritshuis.nl/english/index_gijsbrechts_explorer.html

Lacemaker, Johannes Vermeer

Exhibition with Vermeer's The Woman with a Lute, A Lady Writing, The Geographer, The Love Letter and The Lacemaker

Der zauber des alltäglichen: Holländische malerei von Adriaen Brouwer bis Johannes Vermeer
(The magic of the ordinary: Dutch painting from Adriaen Brouwer to Johannes Vermeer)

from the museum website:
Elegant ladies in satin dresses, maids in starched bonnets, and pensive scholars in their studies, there is hardly a period we seem to know more about than life in the Golden Age. Yet the well-ordered world of the Dutch burghers has a flip side where the lady of the house is drinking wine in broad daylight and an uncouth peasant is pulling disgusted faces. This exhibition presents the great variety of subjects and meanings of the kind of painting so unsatisfactorily classed as genre painting.

Key works in the collections of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, longstanding partner of many successful joint projects, and of the Städel itself form the basis on which a new generic concept is to be developed. Dismissed by contemporary art critics, these works were so popular with audiences at the time that painters even specialised in the production of such art. Well-known artists like Jan Vermeer, Adriaen Brouwer and Jan Steen developed their own styles and storylines, which fascinate viewers to this day and whose comic details charm us into laughter.

Among the painters in the exhibition are: Frans van Mieris, Adriaen Brouwer, Adriaen van Ostade, Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch and Gabriel Metsu.

location:
Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie
Dürerstrasse 2
D-60596 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

tel.: +49 69 605 098 200
fax: +49 69 610 163
e-mail: info@staedelmuseum.de

co-organizer:
In collaboration with the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

click here and visit the exhibition website

Vermeer lecture

THE LIGHT AND SHADE AND THE LADIES: THE QUIET WORLD OF JAN VERMEER
Presented by Barbara Johnston - adjunct professor of art history, Virginia
Commonwealth University
Monday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Williamsburg Library Theatre, 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, Virginia
(USA)

To look at a painting by Jan Vermeer is to enter an enchanted world of silent women and glowing light. The preeminent painter of women in a society fascinated by them, Vermeer's small, intimate paintings have a unique quality that sets them apart from the work of his contemporaries. From the virtuous kitchen maid to the dutiful housewife, Vermeer's women occupy a world of their own, a world of serenity and order that was the ideal of womanhood in 17th-c. Holland. But things are not always as they seem, for Vermeer was a master of subtext, and in each painting, he has given us clues to help us understand the inner life of his ladies. By examining these works, we come to realize that a great deal lies beneath the serene surfaces Vermeer's women present to the world.

This Century Art Gallery and the library continues their popular art-lecture series which is made possible through the Gallery's partnership program with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. A reception provided by This Century Art Gallery will follow.

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