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Did Vermeer make mistakes? What is the Milkmaid preparing in her kitchen? Is the Girl with a Pearl Earring really a masterpiece and is her pearl a fake? Why did the artist's reputation vaporize so quickly after he died and why is he so famous today? What tricks and special colors did he use? Bolstered by his lifelong study of Vermeer and decades of experience as a professional painter, Jonathan Janson reveals Vermeer's life and art in human, down-to-earth terms.

For anyone interested in Vermeer the man and Vermeer's art, rather than his myth, 25 Things You Didn't Know about Vermeer offers rare glimpses into the artist's day-to-day experiences and struggles both inside and outside the confines of his studio.

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25 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know about Vermeer: Tricks, Troubles and Triumphs of a Great Dutch Master
Jonathan Janson
2021 | PDF | $6.95

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Complete Vermeer Catalogue & Tracker

tracker last updated: November 23 , 2021

To access the an INTERACTIVE STUDY of any painting in the catalogue, click on the title or thumbnail of the work below.

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."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.

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Tickets must be booked previously with a time slot through the museum's ticket page. Visitors must maintain a 1.5 meter distance from anyone who is not part of their household.
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
COVID-19 Alert
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
COVID-19 Alert
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021..

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021..

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open, with the following limitations. Face coverings are required for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Visitors must maintain physical distancing, keeping at least six feet from others.
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
COVID-19 Alert
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

Johannes Vermeer and 17th-CenturyDutch Paintings
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
January 22 – 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
COVID-19 Alert
The Frick Collection will reopen to the public at thier new location on 945 Madison Avenue on March 18 (Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Advance tickets required. Click here for further information.
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
COVID-19 Alert
On Saturday 26 June, the corona measures adopted by the museum were further relaxed. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory for both visitors and employees, provided that the 1.5 meters away is respected. Visitors are most welcome after booking a timed ticket online. Howeverm a limited number of tickets can be purchased on site using the QR code at the entrance of the museum.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The Frick Collection will reopen to the public at thier new location on 945 Madison Avenue on March 18 (Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Advance tickets required. Click here for further information.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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
COVID-19 Alert
Until further notice, it is no longer necessary to submit a daily test result for visiting the museum.The museums are currently open to the public. Visitors aged 14 and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all museum rooms. Children from 6 years to 14 years of age are required to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask. Time slot tickets must be booked online before visiting. Ticket sales start 14 days in advance and are likely to be booked out quickly.
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
COVID-19 Alert
On Saturday 26 June, the corona measures adopted by the museum were further relaxed. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory for both visitors and employees, provided that the 1.5 meters away is respected. Visitors are most welcome after booking a timed ticket online. Howeverm a limited number of tickets can be purchased on site using the QR code at the entrance of the museum.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open to the public, although the number of visitors to the museum building is limited due to the currently applicable hygiene regulations. Visitors are asked to continue to wear medical mouth and nose protection or an FFP2 mask in the museum. Children up to 6 years of age are exempt from the mask requirement. So-called everyday masks (cloth masks) are also allowed up to and including 12 years of age. If a visitor cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he or she must provide a certificate. Visitors must keep a distance of 1.5 m from other people.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021..

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Tickets must be booked previously with a time slot through the museum's ticket page. Visitors must maintain a 1.5 meter distance from anyone who is not part of their household.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The collection is currently open. Visitors are required to book timed tickets in advance. Social distancing is required.

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open, with the following limitations. Face coverings are required for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Visitors must maintain physical distancing, keeping at least six feet from others.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open, with the following limitations. Face coverings are required for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Visitors must maintain physical distancing, keeping at least six feet from others.
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
COVID-19 Alert
On Saturday 26 June, the corona measures adopted by the museum were further relaxed. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory for both visitors and employees, provided that the 1.5 meters away is respected. Visitors are most welcome after booking a timed ticket online. Howeverm a limited number of tickets can be purchased on site using the QR code at the entrance of the museum.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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
COVID-19 Alert
Until further notice, it is no longer necessary to submit a daily test result for visiting the museum.The museums are currently open to the public. Visitors aged 14 and over are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all museum rooms. Children from 6 years to 14 years of age are required to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask. Time slot tickets must be booked online before visiting. Ticket sales start 14 days in advance and are likely to be booked out quickly.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021..

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, should wear a mask.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, should wear a mask.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is currently open. Entry tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for further information.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Tickets must be booked previously with a time slot through the museum's ticket page. Visitors must maintain a 1.5 meter distance from anyone who is not part of their household.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, should wear a mask.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The Frick Collection will reopen to the public at thier new location on 945 Madison Avenue on March 18 (Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Advance tickets required. Click here for further information.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who would feel more comfortable doing so, should wear a mask.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open, with the following limitations. Face coverings are required for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Visitors must maintain physical distancing, keeping at least six feet from others.
27

The Astronomer

1668
Oil on canvas
50 x 45 cm. (19 5/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Musée du Louvre, Paris
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. All visitors aged 11 and up must wear a mask. All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. If possible, a time slot ticket should be purchased online before visiting . If this is not possible, one can register at the ticket office on site, provided that there is still enough space available. In the museum, the distance rule of at least 1.5 meters and the sneeze and cough label must be observed. A medical mask (FFP2 or surgical mask) must be worn over the mouth and nose. This can be brought along or purchased at the cash desk.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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
COVID-19 Alert
On Saturday 26 June, the corona measures adopted by the museum were further relaxed. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory for both visitors and employees, provided that the 1.5 meters away is respected. Visitors are most welcome after booking a timed ticket online. Howeverm a limited number of tickets can be purchased on site using the QR code at the entrance of the museum.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open. All visitors aged 11 and up must wear a mask. All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.
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
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
COVID-19 Alert
The Gallery is currently open. All visitors must book a free general admission ticket in advance of visiting.
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
COVID-19 Alert
The Gallery is currently open with restrictions. with added social distancing, one-way art routes and a contactless experience. All must wear a face covering during your visit unless they are exempt; this is in line with government guidelines. In line with government guidelines, all visitors need to register their visit with NHS Test and Trace upon arrival by scanning the QR code or by giving their details to a member of staff. In order to manage the number of people in the Gallery, tickets must be booked in advance

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to a current COVID-10 crisis, the Vermeer: On Reflection exhibit and the Old Master Pictures Gallery in Dresden will be closed from Monday, 22 November, until 12 December 2021.

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
COVID-19 Alert
The Gallery is currently open with restrictions. with added social distancing, one-way art routes and a contactless experience. All must wear a face covering during your visit unless they are exempt; this is in line with government guidelines. In line with government guidelines, all visitors need to register their visit with NHS Test and Trace upon arrival by scanning the QR code or by giving their details to a member of staff. In order to manage the number of people in the Gallery, tickets must be booked in advance.

temporary exhibition :
Masterpieces from the National Gallery
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
June 18–October 18, 2020

second venue:
National Museum of Art, Osaka
November 3, 2020–January 31, 2021

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
COVID-19 Alert
The museum is currently open, with the following limitations. Face coverings are required for all visitors age two and older, even if you are vaccinated. Visitors must maintain physical distancing, keeping at least six feet from others.

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
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

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