This landmark exhibition examines the processes of creative exchange between Vermeer and his contemporaries from the mid-1650s to about 1680, when they reached the height of their technical abilities and mastery of genre painting or images of everyday life. The introduction of quiet scenes unfolding in private household rooms, with elegant ladies and gentlemen was one of the most striking innovations of the Dutch painting of the Golden Age, a time of unsurpassed innovation and prosperity.
The exhibition presents about 70 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters, including Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dau, Peter De Hoch, Gabriel Metsu, Franz van Mieris the Elder, Caspar Netcher and Jan Sten, who lived in different cities throughout the Netherlands, from Delft and Deventer to Amsterdam and Leiden.
Comparing the paintings, related by theme, motive and composition, the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, competed, outdone and pushed each other towards great artistic achievements. At the exhibition are 10 paintings by Jan Vermeer, including "Lacemaker" (1669-1670, Louvre, Paris) and "Love Letter" (p. 1669-1670, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).