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Exhibition October 22, 2017 − January 21, 2018

Vermeer and masters of genre painting: inspiration and rivalry

The National Gallery of Art in Washington presents an exhibition "Vermeer and masters of genre painting: inspiration and rivalry".
Jan (Johannes) Vermeer is a Dutch artist, master of genre portrait and everyday painting. Along with Rembrandt is one of the greatest painters of the golden age of Dutch art.

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).

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and The Louvre Museum, Paris.

Based on the materials of the official site National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.