Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Woman With A Lute (Vermeer)

Woman With A Lute, ca 1662-1663

One of my favorite painters is Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675). Only about 36 paintings are known to exist of his hand.

overview of all his paintings

One of his most famous paintings is The Girl With The Pearl Earring, I've seen this in the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Acually, I've seen 10 of his paintings (3 in The Hague, 4 in Amsterdam, 2 in Berlin, 1 in Vienna). These are the Vermeers located in the US:
 
Vermeer's paintings in the US
 
So all the Vermeers are shown in museums located at the East Coast. But when regular blog visiter Mary pointed me to the direction of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena I noticed a Vermeer is shown over there, albeit temporarily: The Woman With A Lute. It has al the characteristics of Vermeer: a girl in the light from the window in his studio. And in the background a map; just take a look at the map, it's brilliantly depicted..

The map of Europe has been made by either Joducus Hondius or Joan Blaeu.


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2 comments:

  1. Oh, I am so glad you visited the Norton Simon Museum, albeit virtually on the internet! It is my favorite museum in the US, with the National Gallery in Washington D.C. a close second. They have a good display of the Dutch Masters (which is my favorite) as well as a good impressionist display. It is not a very large museum, but it is curated well and has an excellent collection!

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  2. Thank you Mary for suggesting this very interesting museum!

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