Arts Everyday Living: Dreaming of Vermeer—A Virtual Guide to 35 Masterpieces

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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.)

 

THE NETHERLANDS

AMSTERDAM’S RIJKSMUSEUM = 4 VERMEERS

Highlights: The Milkmaid and The Little Street

Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum

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Johannes Vermeer, The Little Street, c. 1657-1658, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

 THE HAGUE’S MAURITSHUIS = 3 VERMEERS

Highlights: Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft.

Vermeer at Mauritshuis

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Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft, c. 1660-1661, oil on canvas, Royal Cabinet of Paintings, Mauritshuis, The Hague

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

Vermeer at The Metropolitan Museum

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Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, c. 1664-1665, oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

THE FRICK COLLECTION = 3

Highlights: Officer and Laughing Girl; Mistress and Maid

Vermeer at the The Frick Collection

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Johannes Vermeer, Officer and the Laughing Girl, c. 1658, oil on canvas, The Frick Collection, New York

WASHINGTON, D.C.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART = 4

Highlights: Woman Holding a Balance; A Lady Writing a Letter

Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art

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Johannes Vermeer, The Girl with the Red Hat, c. 1665, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

BOSTON

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM = 1 

Vermeer’s The Concert has been missing since March 18,1990.

The Concert: The Greatest Art Theft of Our Time

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Johannes Vermeer, The Concert, c. 1665-1666, oil, Location unknown

Johannes Vermeer, The Concert, c. 1665-1666, oil, Location unknown

UNITED KINGDOM

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.

Vermeer at the National Galleries of Scotland

EDINBURGH

NATIONAL GALLERIES OF SCOTLAND = 1

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Johanness Vermeer, Christ at the House of Martha and Mary, c. 1655, oil on canvas, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

LONDON

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART = 2

Highlights: A Lady Seated at the Virginal; A Lady Standing at the Virginal

Vermeer at the National Gallery

KENWOOD HOUSE = 1

Highlights: Woman with a Guitar

Vermeer at Kenwood House

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.

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Johannes Vermeer, A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson), c. 1662-1664, oil on canvas, Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II

 

IRELAND

DUBLIN

Now at the National Gallery of Ireland, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid was stolen twice before its entry into Dublin collection.

Vermeer at National Gallery of Ireland

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND = 1

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Johannes Vermeer, Lay Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c. 1670, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

 

FRANCE

PARIS

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 Lacemaker at The Louvre

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Johannes Vermeer, The Astronomer, c. 1668, oil on canvas, The Louvre, Paris

AUSTRIA

The Art of Painting is often judged by art historians as Vermeer’s greatest artistic achievement.  Adolf Hitler was briefly its owner.

Deciphering Vermeer: The Ultimate Prize

VIENNA

KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM = 1

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Johannes Vermeer, Art of Painting, c. 1666-1667, oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

GERMANY

Germany is our last stop with a sizable total of 6 Vermeers.

DRESDEN

GEMALDEGALERIE = 2

Highlights: A Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window  and The Procuress

 The Young Vermeer Exhibition

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Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, c. 1657, oil on canvas, Gemaldegalerie, Dresden

BERLIN

GEMALDEGALERIE = 2

HighlightsWoman with a Pearl Necklace

Deciphering Vermeer: Pearl Reflections

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Johannes Vermeer, Woman with a Pearl Necklace, c. 1664, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin

OTHER MUSEUMS IN GERMANY WITH VERMEERS

STADELSCHES, KUNSTINSTITUT, FRANKFURT AUM MAIN = 1

HERZOG ANTON ULRICH-MUSEUM, BRUNSWICK = 1

*In German.

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.

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