Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

Image courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington. 

17 June - 17 September 2017 | Beit Wing

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This exhibition will explore the fascinating network of relationships between Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the period 1650 to 1675, and will give visitors an insight into how Vermeer and his contemporaries admired, inspired and rivalled each other. Conceived by the National Gallery of Ireland, this exhibition will bring together some 60 paintings from around the world. As many as ten works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) will be included in the exhibition, which represents almost a third of Vermeer’s surviving oeuvre and the third highest number of works by the artist ever assembled in the world. The National Gallery of Ireland’s Vermeer, Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid, c.1670, which is regarded as one of the artist’s finest works, will be shown alongside other exquisite works including Woman with a Balance, c.1663–4 (National Gallery of Art, Washington); Woman with a Pearl Necklace, 1663-4 (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin); The Astronomer, 1668 (Musée du Louvre, Paris) and The Geographer, 1669 (Städel Museum, Frankfurt-am-Main). Paintings of daily life by contemporaries of Vermeer, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu, Pieter de Hooch and Frans van Mieris, will also feature. 

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. An illustrated catalogue (published by Yale University Press) will accompany the exhibition, complemented by a dedicated website. In addition, the Gallery has organised a wide-ranging public engaging programme of events in association with the exhibition. Details to follow on the Gallery's website. 

About the exhibition  Admission charge with timed-ticket entry           
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