Vermeer of Delft - how to assess the real paintings in museums around the world

Vermeer painted in a slow and careful manner, producing about two paintings in a year complete. Worldwide there are only about 36 paintings by Johannes Vermeer of Delft.

Some people fell in love with the magic and the paintings of Vermeer radiation and decided to travel around the world, of Boston in Dresden and Dublin in Washington DC, who roam the Earth. Probably the best are exposed in the Vienna, Amsterdam and the Hague. This type of Tower and wide-eyed fan of pilgrimage is quite possible that virtually all of the tables is now located in public collections and can be seen during the hours after the purchase of the ticket.

Do you recognize a work of his young style, when Vermeer was about 20 in 1653? Or it is in fact a late work such as Dublin?

Standing in front of a Vermeer real painting... What can we really see and what you fully appreciate? What is do you see the technical magic in the way it has used the paint, layer on layer of glazing with light bouncing between these layers? He used wet-in-wet, wet-le-sec on a part of the painting?

What can be recognized within the image, what is the history, psychology and it can distinguish between physical objects? What is the level of reality? How this "photographic reality" linked to its list of private property, which he left after his death in 1675? Many viewers have the idea that that shows us Vermeer are views of his own house with a marble floors and all. In fact, it sometimes is painting fantasy rooms, upgrade of the Interior by filling with non-luxury items does not: musical instruments, architectural details...

And that say it means of scenes and objects, based on what we think now and according to the knowledge available of current books of his day and age... what would be the meaning be scenes represented by Vermeer according to contemporary sources?

Do you actually the fullness of artistic choices and Visual tricks he put in to raise a painting in a work of great art?

If you do, visualization can be a thrill of a lifetime.

If you find that you are slightly lacking in it, you can immerse yourself in serious art books and arrive to the air after two months of reading. You can also read the novel of a young girl with a Pearl Earring and don't know how many false factual it contains. Alternatively, you can click widely on the Internet and see what you get in terms of knowledge, theories of fantasy and misinformation.

Finally, you can ask a specialist standing next to you and see what can provide knowledge and passion. In order to really "get it", it can take a specialist to learn to see and to fully appreciate. I am this type of art historian.


The Drs Kees Kaldenbach art historian has published many works and has designed a web site of 2000 + element major on the art of Johannes Vermeer and other artists of Delft.

It has a great capacity to share with others, his great passion for the history of art, while sharing ways to increased perception. Let's go to museums together!

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