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Art Diary


3 February 2023

This exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (10 February–4 June) promises to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to view more than 28 works by the 17th-century Dutch master under one roof. Unlike his contemporary Rembrandt, Vermeer left behind a remarkably small oeuvre of about 35 paintings when he died at the age of 43. Bringing together masterpieces from collections around the world, the exhibition include the Mauritshuis’s The Girl with a Pearl Earring (1664–67) and A Lady Writing (1664–67) from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, lesser-known landscapes of the artist’s hometown of Delft such as View of Delft (1660–61) and The Little Street (1658–59) provide context to the painter’s life and work. The recently restored Girl Reading a Letter at the Open Window from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden will also go on show to the public for the first time. Find out more on the Rijksmuseum’s website.

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View of Houses in Delft, known as ‘The Little Street’ (1658–59), Johannes Vermeer. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Girl with a Pearl Earring (1664–67), Johannes Vermeer. Mauritshuis, The Hague

A Lady Writing (1664–67), Johannes Vermeer. National Gallery of Art, Washington

Girl with the Red Hat (1664–67), Johannes Vermeer. National Gallery of Art, Washington