Photo: © The girl with the pearl earring Johannes Vermeer Mauritshuis The Hague
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Largest Vermeer Exhibition Ever!

June 8, 2022

In the spring of 2023, The Rijksmuseum will stage a retrospective exhibition of the 17th Century Dutch Master, Johannes Vermeer for the first time in its history. With loans from across the world, this promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition ever.

Collaborative Exhibition

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Preparations for the exhibition are currently underway. Both museums are conducting research into Vermeer’s artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as into the creative process of his paintings. The Rijksmuseum is working closely with the Mauritshuis with a team of curators, restorers and natural scientists to examine in depth the seven paintings by Vermeer in Dutch possession. Works by Vermeer from other collections are also involved in this project.

Paintings to go on display

The Rijksmuseum has four masterpieces by Vermeer, including the world-famous Milkmaid and The Little Street. The exhibition will also include masterpieces such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman Holding a Balance (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC). Works never shown before to the public in the Netherlands will include the recently restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden.

Vermeer in Delft

Concurrent to the exhibition in Amsterdam, Museum Prinsenhof Delft will organise the exhibition Vermeer’s Delft (10 February to 4 June 2023). This will be the first exhibition to explore in depth the cultural-historical content in which Vermeer’s practice flourished. Works by Delft contemporaries will be displayed alongside Delft pottery, Delft carpets, archival materials and letters.

Johannes Vermeer

The Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675) lived and worked in the Dutch city of Delft. Vermeer left a remarkably small oeuvre with about 35 paintings. His paintings are such prized treasures of any collection, they are rarely lent out.

The exhibition will run from 10 February to 4 June 2023.

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