Johannes Vermeer

Past Exhibition: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals

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.

Past Exhibition: Paintings by Vermeer Installed Together

Paintings by Vermeer Installed Together in Honor of Major Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 27, 2001 to May 27, 2001

In honor of the spring 2001 exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,Vermeer and the Delft School, The Frick Collection installed its three paintings by the artist in a special manner. For the first time in over fifty years, the works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) Mistress and MaidOfficer and Laughing Girl, and Girl Interrupted at her Music were hung together in one gallery at the Collection, the South Hall, offering visitors an opportunity to consider these treasures side by side.

Past Exhibition: Frick's Vermeers Reunited

three Vermeer oil paintings, including, man and woman seated at open window, woman handing paper to seated woman, and man standing over the shoulder of seated woman, circa 1600s

Frick’s Vermeers Reunited

June 3, 2008 to November 23, 2008

Particularly beloved among the paintings at The Frick Collection are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632– 1675), Officer and Laughing Girl(left), Mistress and Maid (center), and Girl Interrupted at Her Music (right).These rare canvases were purchased by Henry Clay Frick before his death in 1919. This summer, the institution offers visitors their first opportunity in nearly ten years to examine the paintings together on one wall.

Arthur Wheelock: "The Making of an Icon: Girl with a Pearl Earring"

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.