Complete Vermeer Catalogue & Tracker
tracker last updated: March 5 , 2021
tracker last updated: March 5 , 2021
To access the an INTERACTIVE STUDY of any painting in the catalogue, click on the title or thumbnail of the work below.
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."s
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.
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
painting not on display
Vermeer's Concert was stolen on March 18, 1990 and has not been recovered. Click here for information.
temporary exhibition :
Masterpieces from the National Gallery
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
June 18–October 18, 2020
National Museum of Art, Osaka
November 3, 2020–January 31, 2021
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