2023 - The year of Johannes Vermeer

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Along with Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Mondrian, Johannes Vermeer is one of the most famous Dutch painters.  In 2023 it will be almost thirty years since the last major Vermeer exhibition was held in the Netherlands. This exhibition at the Mauritshuis (1996) of 22 paintings by the Delft Master attracted over 450,000 visitors at the time and is still the best-attended exhibition in the museum's history.

In spring 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will, for the first time in its history, dedicate a retrospective exhibition to the 17th-century master, Johannes Vermeer. With loans from around the world, this promises to be the largest Vermeer exhibition of all time. The Rijksmuseum itself houses four of Vermeer's masterpieces, including the world-famous Milkmaid. The exhibition can be seen from February 10 to June 4, 2023. In addition, probably the most famous work – “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” will be shown on loan from the Mauritshaus in The Hague. In addition, other famous paintings from various leading museums and galleries from all over the world are loaned and exhibited.

Parallel to the Vermeer exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, Museum Prinsenhof Delft is organizing the exhibition "Vermeers Delft" (February 10 - June 4, 2023). Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived and worked in Delft. His work is best known for his calm, restrained interior scenes, his unparalleled use of bright, colored light, and his convincing illusionism. He is thus one of the best-known Dutch painters of the Baroque period. 

He was active in the epoch of the "golden age of the Netherlands", in which the country experienced an economic and cultural heyday.

Unlike Rembrandt, Vermeer left a remarkably small oeuvre of only about 35 paintings. The best-known works include - next to "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" and the "Milkmaid" - "The Small Street", "The Letter Reading Woman in Blue" and "View of Delft". Because his paintings are among the masterpieces in collections and museums around the world, his works are rarely loaned. The fact that many works are now being loaned to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam for this anniversary year makes this exhibition even more unique.


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