Vermeer: On Reflection

Vermeer: On Reflection

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Stephan Koja et al. Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, 2021. Published by Sandstein Verlag, Dresden.

264 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 29 x 25 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9783954986118

Johannes Vermeer's "Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window" is one of the world's most famous works of Dutch painting of the Golden Age. It was acquired in Paris in 1742 for the collection of the Saxon Elector Friedrich August II and has since been in the Dresden Old Masters Picture Gallery. After extensive research, the artist's early major work has been restored in Dresden since 2017. It turned out that a large overpainting in the background of the picture could not have come from Vermeer himself. By exposing a Cupid picture on the wall behind the letter reader, the painting could be reproduced in its original shape intended by Vermeer. With a manageable oeuvre of only around 35 surviving works, the restoration of the original condition of the Dresden letter reader has an impact on the observation and interpretation of Vermeer's entire oeuvre. For the Gemäldegalerie this is the occasion for an exhibition that will show the picture in the context of other important Vermeer paintings. An exquisite selection of around 50 works of Dutch genre painting as well as outstanding individual pieces from the arts and crafts will also make clear references and interactions in the work of Vermeer's and his contemporaries. The richly illustrated catalog allows the reader to immerse himself in seven articles by well-known authors both in the cultural and art history of Holland in the Golden Age and in the spectacular restoration of the "girl reading a letter at the open window".

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Netherlands -- 1600-1800 -- Painting --

Artist(s): Vermeer, Jan

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