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NEW! Art Talk Topic – The Magic, Mystery, and Mastery of Vermeer

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May 3, 2023 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Magic, Mystery, and Mastery of Vermeer

Celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which brings together an unprecedented 28 of Vermeer’s 37 known works—even he never saw this many of his works together.

Preview the exhibition and learn why Vermeer’s magical works are so beloved.

Little is known about his life, but much has been written about his style, his controversial method of painting, and what his works can tell us about life in 17th century Holland.

Docent Speaker: Avril Angevine

Register in advance for this meeting or on the day of the event:–urTopHtORC3cs5qgZU5D39sTHKrpZ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

First Wednesday Art Talks are provided by Friends of the San Rafael Libraries.


About the exhibition at the Rijksmuseum:

“The absolute Vermeer, in a show more precious than pearls.”
The New York Times

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived and worked in Delft. His work is best known for his tranquil, introverted indoor scenes, his unprecedented use of bright, colorful light and his convincing illusionism.
In contrast to Rembrandt, Vermeer left a remarkably small oeuvre with about 35 paintings. As his paintings generally considered the most prized treasures of every museum collection, Vermeer paintings are rarely lent out.

International Loans
The exhibition will include masterpieces such as:
The Girl with a 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)
Woman Holding a Balance (The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC).
Works never before shown to the public in the Netherlands will include the newly restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden.



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