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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."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
In connection with the nationally tightened Corona measures, the doors of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis will remainclosed until further notice. Click here for updates.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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 Gallery will remain closed until further notice in line with Scottish Government restrictions. Click here for updates.
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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Entry is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. All visitors are currently required to make a reservation online before arriving at the Museum. Click here for futher information.
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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 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
Closed until March 15th.
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.
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
Since Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the Museums have reopened selected collections and more are to follow on April 1, 2021. Tickets must be booked online at: www.smb.museum/tickets. Since very few visitors are currently allowed in the museums, the contingents are quickly booked out.
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
Closed until March 15th.
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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
In connection with the nationally tightened Corona measures, the doors of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis will remainclosed until further notice. Click here for updates.
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
Owing to Tier 3 government restrictions, Windsor Castle and The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace are temporarily closed. For more information, click here.

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
Entry is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. All visitors are currently required to make a reservation online before arriving at the Museum. Click here for futher information.
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
Entry is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. All visitors are currently required to make a reservation online before arriving at the Museum. Click here for futher information..
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
Closed until March 15th.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Since Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the Museums have reopened selected collections and more are to follow on April 1, 2021. Tickets must be booked online at: www.smb.museum/tickets. Since very few visitors are currently allowed in the museums, the contingents are quickly booked out.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Closed until further notice.
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
In connection with the nationally tightened Corona measures, the doors of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis will remainclosed until further notice. Click here for updates.
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
Closed until further notice.
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
Closed until further notice.
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
Entry is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. All visitors are currently required to make a reservation online before arriving at the Museum. Click here for futher information.
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
In line with the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Musée du Louvre is closed until further notice. Click here for updates.
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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Closed until March 15th.
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
In line with the measures taken by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Musée du Louvre is closed until further notice. Click here for updates.
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
Although the grounds of Kenwood Estate are open to local visitors for exercise during the lockdown period, all the interior spaces, including Kenwood House, are closed.
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
Following Government advice, the Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice. Click here for further information.
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
Closed until further notice.

Johannes Vermeer. On Reflection
Due to the current pandemic situation the date of the exhibition has been postponed a second time to September 10, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

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
Closed until further notice.

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
Entry is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. All visitors are currently required to make a reservation online before arriving at the Museum. Click here for futher information.

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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