Rijksmuseum: Tribute to Vermeer with masterpieces from around the world


“The Girl with the Pearl Earring” and 27 other works in the same exhibition, the largest ever organized for the Dutch painter

Works by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer have been brought together from around the world for an exhibition opening in February at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The “Vermeer” exhibition will open on February 10 and run until June 4, 2023.

“The Girl with the Pearl Earring” and other masterpieces in the same exhibition

The 17th-century Dutch painter produced a relatively small number of works, and only 35 of his paintings are thought to survive today. 28 of these paintings will be presented in the ‘Vermeer’ exhibition, the largest for the artist ever organized.

The exhibition will feature masterpieces such as “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” from the Mauritshuis, The Hague Museum, “The Geographer” from the Stedel Museum in Frankfurt and “Woman with Scales” from the US National Gallery of Art in Washington.

His paintings are generally considered the most valuable treasures of museum collections and are rarely loaned, according to the website of the Rijksmuseum, which has four paintings by the Dutch painter in its permanent collection.

From the Frick Collection in New York to the Amsterdam Museum will be transferred the works “The Soldier and the Smiling Girl”, “Stop the Music” and “Lady and the Maid with a Letter” and from the Louvre Museum the painting “The Lacemaker” .

In preparation for the ‘Vermeer’ exhibition, experts from the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis are working together to study a series of paintings using advanced scanning technology.

Research participants found that in the painting “Galatus” the researchers have a sketch under the work and that Vermeer first quickly painted the scene in light and dark tones, and then the details.

The Dutch painter died in debt and in obscurity in 1675 at the age of 43.

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