The interiors of Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi reveal an understanding of light and its play in space comparable to that of Vermeer and Whistler, while his methods relate to those of Van Gogh. This lecture illustrates the surprising methodological approaches and techniques used by these artists in creating spatial illusions in seemingly unrelated artistic expressions.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring sold for a pittance, an unknown work by an artist who was only beginning to achieve recognition. Today it is revered as a great masterpiece, so famous that it is recognizable by its title alone, with the name of its maker being almost superfluous. This lecture examines the reasons this image resonates so profoundly with contemporary audiences.