The Spell of Vermeer

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A master of light and color, Vermeer (1632—1675) created a timeless world where the smallest actions take on a beauty beyond their commonplace settings. His artistry rests in his ability to transform a simple daily activity into a sensitive exploration of the human experience. Though few in number, his paintings are considered some of the finest art ever created.

On November 18, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine begins with a discussion of Vermeer’s place within the artistic culture of Holland, with an emphasis on his native city of Delft, then takes closer looks at some of his favorite subjects and the meanings they possibly reveal. The day ends with a survey of Vermeer’s legacy as reflected in the work of artists and writers from the end of the 19th century to the present. 


"A Lady Writing", ca. 1665, by Johannes Vermeer (National Gallery of Art)

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