Johannes Vermeer

Link to video of Arthur Wheelock lecture

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.
 

Painting of a young woman looking over her shoulders, wearing a headdress and a large pearl earring.
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis, October 22, 2013 through January 19, 2014
Painting of a bust-length woman looking over her shoulder and wearing a headdress and a large pearl earring.
Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014

The Frick Collection was the final American venue of a global tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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