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