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Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Louvre, Paris

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Organised in partnership with the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibition will present Vermeer’s great masterpieces and those of his contemporaries. Through comparisons with the works of other artists of the Golden Age—among them Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Caspar Netscher, and Frans van Mieris—the exhibition brings to light Vermeer’s membership of a network of painters specialising in the depiction of everyday life while admiring, inspiring, and vying with each other. Although they were painting in different cities of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands, their pictures show marked similarities of style, subject, composition, and technique. Find out more about the ‘Vermeer’ exhibition from the Louvre’s website.

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The Milkmaid (c. 1657–58), Johannes Vermeer. © Amsterdam, The Rijksmuseum

The Milkmaid (c. 1657–58), Johannes Vermeer. © Amsterdam, The Rijksmuseum

The Lace Maker (c. 1669–70), Johannes Vermeer. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot

The Lace Maker (c. 1669–70), Johannes Vermeer. © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot

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