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Complete Vermeer Catalogue & Tracker

tracker last updated: June 22 , 2022

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AUTHENTICITY There are thirty-four paintings which modern scholars overwhelmingly agree should be attributed to Johannes Vermeer of Delft.

Three works are included in this catalogue which have not received unanimous acceptance: Saint Praxedis, Girl with a Flute and A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (the latter not to be confused with the London National Gallery picture of similar title and motif).

1. Since only Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. currently defends the Saint Praxedis as an authentic work by Vermeer, it has been listed in an appendix as work "A."

2. The Girl with a Flute is currently rejected by Albert Blankert and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. who ascribes it as "attributed to Johannes Vermeer." Most all other scholars accept it as authentic. It is accepted as no. 25 in the Essential Vermeer catalogue.

3. A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals (again, not to be confused with the London National Gallery picture of similar name and motif) has been recently accepted by the leading Vermeer expert Walter Liedtke and included it in his Vermeer: The Complete Catalogue of 2008 (no. 36). Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Wayne Franits have also accepted it as authentic.

Nonetheless, the lack of open scholarly discussion regarding this work has encouraged the author of this site to label this work as questionable. Current acceptance is largely based in scientific evidence. It has been listed in an appendix as work "B."

DATING Since only three Vermeer's paintings were dated by his own hand, the dates of each picture proposed in the Essential Vermeer catalogue covers the range of those estimated by four authoritative scholars of Dutch art and Vermeer: Albert Blankert (Vermeer: 1632–1675, 1975), Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. (The Public and the Private in the Age of Vermeer, 2000), Walter Liedtke (Vermeer: The Complete Catalogue, 2008) and Wayne Franits (Vermeer, 2015). Catalogue numbers were calculated by averaging their total estimates.

For a complete table of estimated dates, click here.

TITLES Over the years, scholars and museums have given a number of titles to each of Vermeer's paintings. For the sake of uniformity, the titles used in this catalogue are those found in Arthur K. Wheelock's Vermeer and the Art of Painting (pp. 169–186).

VISITING THE REAL PAINTINGS Although digital imaging technology as applied to works of art has reached unparalleled levels of sophistication, experiencing a real painting cannot be adequately duplicated by such means. For this reason the author of this website strongly encourages readers to visit the works which interest him most whenever it is possible. Nonetheless, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the great part of art collections where the works by Vermeer are housed are currently closed to the public. Please note that the information regarding reopening times are given below for each painting. Every attempt will be made to update this information as it changes, but before making traveling plans, the museums should be contacted directly.

1

Diana and her Companions

c. 1653–1656
Oil on canvas
98.5 x 105 cm. (38 3/4 x 41 3/8 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Wearing a facemask is no longer required. If you have flu symptoms, it is recommened to stay home, even if you ha have been vaccinated. Time slots tickets are suggested but not mandatory. If you can reserve a time slot via our ticket page, arrive on time, but no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time on your ticket.
2
Christ in nthe Hosue of Martha and Mary, by Johannes vermeer

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

c. 1654–1656
Oil on canvas
160 x 142 cm. (63 x 55 7/8 in.)
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
All visitors over 12 years old are asked to bring and wear their own face coverings. Museum staff will be wearing face coverings. The number of visitors in each gallery is currently limited at any one time. This is managed with a free, timed ticketing system. Admission is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.
3
The Procuress, Johannes Vermeer

The Procuress

1656
Oil on canvas
143 x 130 cm. (56 1/8 x 51 1/8 in.)
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Old Masters Picture Gallery), Dresden
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In line with national 3G regulation based on the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance applies to visits to the museums of the Dresden State Art Collections. Access to museums and events is only possible for vaccinated, tested or recovered persons. Please have certificates at hand upon your visit. The 3G rule does not apply for children and adolescents (up until 18th birthday). Children and pupils (up until 18th birthday) who do not attend a school in Germany with regular Corona testings must carry an official negative Corona test certificate. Children under 6 do not need a Corona test certificate.
4

A Maid Asleep

c. 1656–1657
Oil on canvas
87.6 x 76.5 cm. (34 1/2 x 30 1/8 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.
5

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

c. 1657–1659
Oil on canvas
83 x 64.5 cm. (32 3/4 x 25 3/8 in.)
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
(Old Masters Picture Gallery)
, Dresden
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In line with national 3G regulation based on the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance applies to visits to the museums of the Dresden State Art Collections. Access to museums and events is only possible for vaccinated, tested or recovered persons. Please have certificates at hand upon your visit. The 3G rule does not apply for children and adolescents (up until 18th birthday). Children and pupils (up until 18th birthday) who do not attend a school in Germany with regular Corona testings must carry an official negative Corona test certificate. Children under 6 do not need a Corona test certificate.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

Johannes Vermeer and 17th-CenturyDutch Paintings
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
February 10-April 3, 2022

6
Officer and Laughing Girl, Johannes Vermeer

Officer and Laughing Girl

c. 1657–1660
Oil on canvas
50.5 x 46 cm. (19 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times by visitors and staff. Effective March 31, 2022, visitors are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Frick Madison. Social distancing and staying six feet apart from others not in your party is recommended.
7

The Milkmaid

c. 1657–1661
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 41 cm. (17 7/8 x 16 1/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In line with national policy on the coronavirus, the Rijksmuseum will close its doors to the public until at least January 14, 2022.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

Dutch Heritage Amsterdam
Hermitage Amsterdam
April 1–May 15, 2022

8

Girl Interrupted in her Music

c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas
39.3 x 44.4 cm. (15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times by visitors and staff. Effective March 31, 2022, visitors are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Frick Madison. Social distancing and staying six feet apart from others not in your party is recommended.
9

The Glass of Wine

c. 1658–1661
Oil on canvas
65 x 77 cm. (25 5/8 x 30 1/4 in.)
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In accordance with 3G regulations visitors aged 14 years and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the museums and to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Children from the age of 6 until the age of 14 are required to wear a medical or FFP2 mask. All staff members are required to wear a medical face mask.
10

The Little Street

c. 1657–1661
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 44 cm. (21 3/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
All areas of the Rijksmuseum are open including the shop, cloakroom, toilets and lockers. If you have flu symptoms, the museum recommends staying at home – even if vaccinated. All tickets must be reserved in advance.
11

The Girl with a Wine Glass

c. 1659–1662
Oil on canvas
78 x 67 cm. (30 3/4 x 26 3/8 in.)
Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig (Brunswick)
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The 3G regulation applies in the 3 state museums and the library in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum until April 2, 2022 in accordance with the Lower Saxony Corona Ordinance (as of February 23, 2022). Visiting the exhibitions is currently only possible for vaccinated, recovered and negatively tested visitors.
12

View of Delft

c. 1660–1663
Oil on canvas
98.5 x 117.5 cm. (38 3/4 x 46 1/4 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Wearing a facemask is no longer required. If you have flu symptoms, it is recommened to stay home, even if you ha have been vaccinated. Time slots tickets are suggested but not mandatory. If you can reserve a time slot via our ticket page, arrive on time, but no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time on your ticket.
13

The Music Lesson

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
73.3 x 64.5 cm. (28 7/8 x 25 3/8 in.)
The Royal Collection, The Windsor Castle
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The Royal Collection strongly encourage visitors to continue to wear face coverings in indoor spaces if they are able to, including in visitor entrances and while passing through security checks. Face coverings aren’t required in outdoor areas, and can be removed once at a table in the collection's cafés.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

The painting will not be visible during the traditional summer opening at Buckingham Palace's for 2020.

However, it will be again visible during this upcoming exhibition:

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace
December 11, 2020– January 31, 2022
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

14

Woman with a Lute

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
51.4 x 45.7 cm. (20 1/4 x 18 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.
15

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
45.7 x 40.6 cm. (18 x 16 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.
16

Woman in Blue Reading a Letter

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
46.5 x 39 cm. (18 1/4 x 15 3/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
All areas of the Rijksmuseum are open including the shop, cloakroom, toilets and lockers. If you have flu symptoms, the museum recommends staying at home – even if vaccinated. All tickets must be reserved in advance.
17

Woman with a Pearl Necklace

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
55 x 45 cm. (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In accordance with 3G regulations visitors aged 14 years and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the museums and to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other people. Children from the age of 6 until the age of 14 are required to wear a medical or FFP2 mask. All staff members are required to wear a medical face mask.
18

Woman Holding a Balance

c. 1662–1665
Oil on canvas
42.5 x 38 cm. (16 3/4 x 15 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY NOT ON VIEW.

19
The Concert, Johannes Vermeer

The Concert

c. 1663–1666
Oil on canvas
72.5 x 64.7 cm. (28 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
museum contact | visitor information

Painting not on display

Vermeer's Concert was stolen on March 18, 1990 and has not been recovered. Click here for information.

20
A Lady Writing, Johannes Vermeer

A Lady Writing

c. 1662–1667
Oil on canvas
45 x 39.9 cm. (17 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY NOT ON VIEW.

21

The Art of Painting

c. 1662–1668
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm. (47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.)
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Wearing an FFP2 face mask is required for the duration of the visit. For underaged visitors the following rules are in place: 0-5 years - no mask required / from 6 years on – face mask required/ from 14 years on - FFP2 mask required.
22

Girl with a Pearl Earring

c. 1665–1667
Oil on canvas
46.5 x 40 cm. (18 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.)
Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis, The Hague
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Wearing a facemask is no longer required. If you have flu symptoms, it is recommened to stay home, even if you ha have been vaccinated. Time slots tickets are suggested but not mandatory. If you can reserve a time slot via our ticket page, arrive on time, but no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time on your ticket.
23
Girl with a Red Hat, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Red Hat

c. 1665–1667
Oil on panel
23.2 x 18.1 cm. (9 1/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The gallery will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Visitors ages 2+, regardless of vaccination, are required to wear masks indoors.

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY NOT ON VIEW.

24

Mistress and Maid

c. 1666–1668
Oil on canvas
90.2 x 78.7 cm. (35 1/2 x 31 in.)
Frick Collection, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times by visitors and staff. Effective March 31, 2022, visitors are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter Frick Madison. Social distancing and staying six feet apart from others not in your party is recommended.
25

Girl with a Flute

c. 1665–1670
Oil on panel
20 x 17.8 cm. (7 7/8 x 7 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The gallery will be closed on December 25 and January 1. Visitors ages 2+, regardless of vaccination, are required to wear masks indoors.

THIS PAINTING IS CURRENTLY NOT ON VIEW.

26

Study of a Young Woman

c. 1665–1674
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 40 cm. (17 1/2 x 15 3/4 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In accordance with New York City mandate, the MET requires proof of vaccination for all visitors, including children ages 5 to 11.
27

The Astronomer

1668
Oil on canvas
50 x 45 cm. (19 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.) Musée du Louvre, Paris
museum contact | visitor information

COVID-19 Alert
Time-slot bookings are compulsory, including for free-admission visitors. Mask wearing is recommended while inside the museum.

temporary loan

November 2021– November 2020 (?)

Vermeer’s Astronomer has been lent to the Louvre Abu Dhabi along with 59 other paintings of the Louvre Paris, perhaps for a year. No other information is currently available.

28

The Geographer

c. 1668–1669
Oil on canvas
53 x 46.6 cm. (20 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The 3G rule is in effect (full vaccination, recovery or negative test result). Visitors carrying proof of third ("booster") vaccination are not required to be tested. You will find further information in the section "Negative Proof."
29
The Love Letter, Johannes Vermeer

The Love Letter

c. 1667–1670
Oil on canvas
44 x 38.5.cm. (17 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
All areas of the Rijksmuseum are open including the shop, cloakroom, toilets and lockers. If you have flu symptoms, the museum recommends staying at home – even if vaccinated. All tickets must be reserved in advance.
30

The Lacemaker

c. 1669–1671
Oil on canvas (attached to panel)
24.5 x 21 cm. (9 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Musée du Louvre, Paris
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Time-slot bookings are compulsory, including for free-admission visitors. Mask wearing is recommended while inside the museum.
31
The Guitar Player, Johannes Vermeer

The Guitar Player

c. 1670–1673
Oil on canvas
53 x 46.3 cm. (20 7/8 x 18 1/4 in.)
Kenwood House English Heritage as Trustees of the Iveagh Bequest, London contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
The museum and grounds are currently open. Advance booking is required to visit Kenwood House. The museum has introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep visitors safe. Tickets are free, but they must be booked in advance.
32

Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid

c. 1670–1671
Oil on canvas
71.1 x 58.4 cm. (28 x 23 in.)
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face masks are no longer mandatory. However, they are still advised.
33
A Lady Standing at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer

A Lady Standing at a Virginal

c. 1670–1674
Oil on canvas
51.7 x 45.2 cm. (20 3/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
National Gallery, London
email contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In line with government guidance, it is your choice whether to wear a face covering during your visit.
34
A Lady Seated at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer

A Lady Seated at a Virginal

c. 1670–1675
Oil on canvas
51.5 x 45.5 cm. (20 1/4 x 17 7/8 in.)
National Gallery, London
email contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
In line with government guidance, it is your choice whether to wear a face covering during your visit.
35

Allegory of Faith

c. 1670–1674
Oil on canvas
114.3 x 88.9 cm. (45 x 35 in.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
museum contact | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if you are vaccinated. Once inside, Members and advance ticket buyers may proceed directly into the Museum galleries. In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION
European Masterpice from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The National Art Center, Tokyo
February 9–May 3, 2022




QUESTIONABLE

A.
Saint Praxedsi, attrunted to Johannes Vermeer

Saint Praxedis

1655
Oil on canvas
101.6 x 82.6 cm. (40 x 32 1/2 in.)
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo contact | | visitor information
COVID-19 Alert
Closed. Opening expected Spring 2022.

temporary loan:
The Saint Praxedis was auctioned at Christie's on July 8, 2014 to an unknown buyer. It is currently loaned to the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo and is displayed as a work "attributed to" Johannes Vermeer.

New Works in Permanent Collection Building
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (from March 17, 2015)

see also : Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale

B.

A Young Woman Seated at the Virginals

(attributed to Vermeer)
Oil on canvas
c. 1670
25.2 x 20 cm. (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
The Leiden Collection, New York contact | visitor information

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