Na­tional Gallery of Art, Wash­ing­ton Show­ing from: 22 Oc­to­ber 2017 - 21 Jan­uary 2018

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP - Jo­hannes Ver­meer.

Ver­meer

and the Mas­ters of Genre

Paint­ing: In­spi­ra­tion and Ri­valry is a land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion that ex­am­ines the artis­tic ex­changes among Jo­hannes Ver­meer and his con­tem­po­raries from 1650 to 1675, when they reached the height of their tech­ni­cal abil­ity and mas­tery of de­pic­tions of do­mes­tic life.

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether some 75 works by Ver­meer and his fel­low pain­ters of the Dutch Golden Age, in­clud­ing Ger­ard ter Borch, Ger­rit Dou, Pi­eter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Cas­par Netscher, and Jan Steen.

Jux­ta­pos­ing paint­ings re­lated by

theme, com­po­si­tion, and tech­nique, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores how th­ese artists in­spired, ri­valled, sur­passed, and pushed each other to greater artis­tic achieve­ment. The paint­ings also re­flect how th­ese mas­ters re­sponded to the chang­ing artis­tic climate of the Dutch Repub­lic in the third quar­ter of the 17th cen­tury, par­tic­u­larly in Am­s­ter­dam, Delft, Lei­den, and The Hague.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures 10 paint­ings by Ver­meer, many of which have not been seen in the United States since the Gallery’s leg­endary 1995–1996 ex­hi­bi­tion:

Jo­hannes Ver­meer, A Lady Writ­ing, c. 1665-1667

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