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DREAMING OF VERMEER
A VIRTUAL GUIDE
I’m beginning a series of classes on Vermeer, so I thought it would be fun to organize a virtual guide to all 35 of his paintings in art museums throughout the world. Actually, our itinerary will encompass only a few countries in Europe as well as the United States. So unlike many artists, the mileage is relatively low, although at least one transatlantic flight is required.
So I’ll start with Johannes Vermeer’s home country of the Netherlands which holds second place in quantity but not quality. For the most high profile Vermeers are in Amsterdam and The Hague; ironically Delft, his birthplace and lifelong residence, presently owns no works of its native son.
(Note: I’m providing links to the art collections below plus blogs I’ve written on Vermeer.)
AMSTERDAM’S RIJKSMUSEUM = 4 VERMEERS
Highlights: The Milkmaid and The Little Street
THE HAGUE’S MAURITSHUIS = 3 VERMEERS
Highlights: Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.
THE UNITED STATES
NEW YORK CITY
The East coast of the United States tops even the Netherlands with a current total of 12 Vermeers accessible to the public (another work attributed to the painter is in a private collection) in New York and Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, Boston’s Vermeer has still not been recovered since its theft in 1990.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART = 5 VERMEERS
Highlights: Young Woman with a Water Pitcher and Girl with a Lute
THE FRICK COLLECTION = 3
Highlights: Officer and Laughing Girl; Mistress and Maid
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART = 4
Highlights: Woman Holding a Balance; A Lady Writing a Letter
ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM = 1
Vermeer’s The Concert has been missing since March 18,1990.
The UK has a quintet of Vermeers, the majority of them in London and surrounding area. While a rare religious work, Christ in the House of Martha and Mary is in Edinburgh at the National Galleries of Scotland.
NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND = 1
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART = 2
Highlights: A Lady Seated at the Virginal; A Lady Standing at the Virginal
KENWOOD HOUSE = 1
Highlights: Woman with a Guitar
THE ROYAL COLLECTION = 1
Highlights: A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson)
This painting, belonging to Queen Elizabeth II, is displayed at such royal locations as Buckingham Palace.
Now at the National Gallery of Ireland, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid was stolen twice before its entry into Dublin collection.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND = 1
Only two Vermeers are in the “City of Lights,” both of them at the Louvre.
THE LOUVRE = 2
HIghlights at The Louvre: The Lacemaker and The Astronomer
The Art of Painting is often judged by art historians as Vermeer’s greatest artistic achievement. Adolf Hitler was briefly its owner.
KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM = 1
Germany is our last stop with a sizable total of 6 Vermeers.
GEMALDEGALERIE = 2
Highlights: A Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window and The Procuress
GEMALDEGALERIE = 2
Highlights: Woman with a Pearl Necklace
OTHER MUSEUMS IN GERMANY WITH VERMEERS
The above images are used solely for educational purposes.
And visit Vermeer too in the pages of Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.